Dentist In Mount Kisco NY Provides Home Sleep Studies AND Alternative To C-Pap For People Suffering From Sleep Apnea!
Do you remember the two recent deadly train wrecks attributed to engineers suffering from sleep apnea? The first was in NYC on Metro North RR and the other on NJ Transitcommuting from NYC.
It’s known that 1 out of 3 people suffer from a sleep disorder. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) can effect anyone in public transportation and in private driving.
The National Highway Safety Administration estimates that “100,000 vehicle accidents, 1500 deaths and 71,000 injuries result from drowsy driving annually.”
Most sleep deprivation results from:
- Sleep apnea
- Shift work
- Certain medications
- Long-haul driving
- Inadequate time for sleep
- Release from a stay in hospital
The state of New Jersey passed a law in 2003 that criminalizes drowsy driving due to its similarity to alcohol or drug impaired driving.
Consuming caffeine is only a short term fix for drowsiness. After 3 nights of deprived sleep, caffeine was shown to be non-effective in combating sleepiness.
Adults need 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night to maintain adequate alertness. With OSA, a person can wake 6-30 plus times per hour to gasp for breath. The brain and other organs are oxygen deprived these many times.
Another consequence of inadequate sleep is that a person, while driving can suffer from “microsleeps” lasting less than a second. In this state, the brain switches from Wake to Sleep mode, enough time to cause a crash.
Dentists and Hygienists, as health care providers, are in the perfect position to screen for drowsiness and sleep apnea. We can and will save lives both on the road and in someone’s personal life.
If you have ever been told that you occasionally snore, if you're always tired, if you have frequent morning headaches, acid reflux, if you're overweight, or if you're a man and have a neck size of 17 or greater or a woman with a neck size of 16 or greater, you are at increased risk of having sleep apnea.
Call our office today for a FREE airway evaluation. It's quick, easy, and painless, and it could actually save your life! (914) 241-2241.
We also provide Home Sleep Tests. You no longer need to check into a hospital for a sleep study. Instead, you can take a small device home, wear it in the comfort of your own bed while you sleep, and bring it back to us the next day. We will upload your test results and have a board certified sleep doctor evaluate your study. If you do have Sleep Apnea we can help.
Complications from Sleep Apnea KILLS people every day. Don't become a statistic!