Experts aren’t exactly sure why, but about 20% of American war veterans suffer with sleep apnea. Some believe that the smoke and dust the vets inhaled in Afghanistan may be to blame. Problem is, sleep apnea causes daytime drowsiness, forgetfulness, irritability, and an inability to focus. It can also contribute to stroke and heart disease. The Veteran’s Administration invests $500 million each year to provide treatment to these individuals.
While CPAP is the gold standard for sleep apnea treatment, it’s not the only option. In many cases, people who use CPAP find the device uncomfortable, ill fitting, or confining during sleep. This leads to noncompliance, meaning patients who don’t like it don’t use it.
As a sleep apnea dentist, I offer an alternative. My name is Dr. James Stewart, and my Livonia, Michigan dental office provides oral appliances to combat sleep apnea. Whether you’re a veteran or not, if you suffer from sleep apnea, and you can’t tolerate CPAP, call me to schedule a visit. We’ll discuss your situation and talk about practical treatment options, so you can get back to living life to the fullest!