Dr. Nick Cost Talks about Sleep Apnea
It’s estimated that 40% of the general population has some form of sleep apnea that is not been recognized as undiagnosed, and it’s not being treated. Snoring and sleep apnea is a real problem in our communities. Sadly, sleep apnea, over time, will trigger heart attacks, strokes, and those are the leading cause…typically the one, two leading cause of death in America. However, it’s exciting that we can actually, not only help identify and screen our patients for sleep apnea, but we can also help treat them with a simple, specialized night guard that will help, not only open up their airway, but help them feel more energy during the day and improve their overall health. And being able to provide that service, and sometimes just getting them… You know, some patients have very severe conditions, very severe sleep apnea.
And we have networked with some of the best sleep specialists in the upstate to help get those people the help they need so they can get back to help or get back to great help because I can’t tell you how many people that we’ve helped with snoring and sleep apnea, they just thought they were just tired. Like, they were busy with life. They were tired all the time. And now that they’re treated, you know, sleep apnea has been identified and they’re treated, they, like, “I have so much energy. Like, I won’t go anywhere else without this thing.” Like, their life is completely transformed. Like, I had one patient tell me it was like putting on a pair of glasses for the first time. They didn’t realize how tired they were or how much it was affecting their life until they were able to get their sleep apnea treated.