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Dental breakthrough

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A new study sheds some light some nightly bad habits such as snoring, teeth-grinding, night twitches and constantly getting up to use the restroom in the night.  Our sleep can reveal a lot about our health to our doctors and our dentists.

It's estimated 12 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder called sleep apnea. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to serious health problems like high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, irregular heartbeats and heart attacks and new data even shows a link to Alzheimer's disease.

"We see a lot of patients who are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and sleep related bruxism (teeth-grinding). Usually people who snore it's a telltale sign of a sleep disorder, breathing and that's the kind of stuff we use to send them off to a physician to get diagnosed," said Dentist, Dr. Daniel G. Klauer.

Jerry Scott, one of Dr. Klauer's patients claims, "I was going to an internist to have blood work done. I knew I was abnormally fatigued. I felt like I could fall asleep at the wheel driving to work in the morning."

Dr. Klauer used the gold standard in treatment for Jerry's sleep issues, called a C-Pap machine, which is a mask that provides respiratory ventilation while the person sleeps.

After Scott's treatment, he says, "I feel 20 years younger. I have no fatigue, I concentrate better and it's absolutely a miracle and may have saved my life in the long fun."

Most insurance plans will cover the cost of sleep disorder treatment since those disorders fall under the category of medical issues.

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