Keep Calm And Sleep On {Gift Card Giveaway}

A couple of years ago, Luke’s doctor was worried that he had sleep apnea. I didn’t know much about it but learned that what basically happens is that people with sleep apnea suddenly stop breathing while they are sleeping. That was really scary to think about but thankfully, after an overnight sleep study, it was determined that he didn’t suffer from it. Even so, I’m happy to be partnering with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine on this sponsored post to share information about oral appliance therapy for adults who have sleep apnea. {Please note: I am not a doctor and the content of this post is not medical advice. You should always consult with your doctor before trying any new products or therapies.}

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that causes people to suddenly stop breathing during sleep anywhere from 10 seconds to more than a minute and up to hundreds of times a night. It’s a potentially life-threatening condition affecting 12 to 18 million U.S. adults that can increase the risk for serious health problems, including congestive heart failure, stroke, high blood pressure, heart disease – just to name a few.

A new therapy called oral appliance therapy (OAT) uses a “mouth guard-like” device worn only during sleep to maintain an open, unobstructed airway. OAT devices prevent the airway from collapsing by either holding the tongue or supporting the jaw in a forward position. The devices are quiet, portable and easy to care for.

AADSM recommends oral appliance therapy for people with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Once a patient is diagnosed with primary snoring or obstructive sleep apnea by a board-certified sleep physician, a dentist trained in dental sleep medicine can provide treatment with OAT. Consumers with sleep apnea or loud and frequent snoring can go to www.LocalSleepDentist.com to find a local dentist trained in oral appliance therapy.

GIVEAWAY

One reader will win a $50 Bed Bath and Beyond gift card

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Giveaway ends February 5, 2014 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 18 or older and a US resident to enter.