1 in 4 adults have sleep apnea, and don’t know it

1 in 4 adults have sleep apnea, and don’t know it

90% of sleep apnea cases go undiagnosed. That is why the Trueta hospital in Girona has started a sleep apnea detection project, which will begin in Catalonia with a projection to eventually spread throughout Spain and Europe.

To tackle the underdiagnosis of sleep deprivation, Primary Care Centers will be the first detection points,  where a screening questionnaire will be carried out on patients. If the answers indicate a high possibility of sleep apnea, a second test will be performed with a polysomnograph, a machine that monitors sleep, breathing, and vital signs during one night's sleep at the patient's home. Based on the results of this second test, the course of treatment to be followed will be assessed:

- Changes in lifestyle or mandibular advancement splints for milder cases.
- Use of the C-PAP machine during sleep for moderate cases, as a palliative treatment.
- Orthognathic surgery for moderate to severe cases, as a curative treatment.

It is estimated that one in four people between the ages of 30 and 70 suffers from obstructive sleep apnea, so we must be very attentive to the warning signs: snoring, waking up tired, or excessive drowsiness during the day. In addition, there are risk factors such as diabetes, obesity, or high blood pressure.

Sleep apnea can have very serious consequences if it is not detected in time, such as the risk of suffering arteriosclerosis, cerebral vascular accidents, heart attacks, neurocognitive disorders, or even death, since the lack of night rest exponentially increases the risk of suffering traffic accidents or in the workplace.

Fortunately, thanks to the continuous dedication and intense investigation of the Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome, today the specialists of Instituto Maxillofacial together with other groups at an international level, have scientifically demonstrated that orthognathic surgery is the definitive solution to this serious problem in patients with dentofacial deformities.

Call us at +34 933933185 or write to international@institutomaxillofacial.com to arrange your sleep apnea diagnostic test.

 

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