Are you finding patients that state they are tired, fatigued, and sleepy during the day? These are indications of possible obstructive sleep apnea, and you may have a solution to their problem.

Frequently when your body pulls you out of an apneic event it is accompanied by a micro-arousal. A micro-arousal doesn’t necessarily wake you up from sleep, but it pulls you out of whatever sleep stage you were in.

The result is a disrupted sleep pattern and insufficient amounts of sleep. OSA patients spend significant amounts of time at night in a ‘fight or flight’ state with elevated blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration. People do not feel rested in the morning because they spent the entire night fighting to breath. This is the vicious cycle of untreated and undiagnosed sleep apnea.

So what’s the big deal with being sleepy during the day? The impact of excessive sleepiness effects social situations, causes mood changes, raises irritability thresholds, and creates a debilitating lack of energy.

I talk about this and other symptoms of sleep apnea during my lecture with HST America. I encourage you to come and learn more about this epidemic, and see how you can be making an impactful difference in the lives of your loved ones and patients.

I hope to see you at one of my courses, either in person or online. You can find one that works for you below.

About the author

Marty R. Lipsey received his DDS degree from UCLA and a Master of Science from Northwestern University Dental School. Dr. Lipsey is the founder of Dental Sleep Med Systems and Medical Billing For Dentists, offering dental teams assistance in implementing and improving their dental sleep medicine practices, including outsourced medical billing and successful insurance coding and processing. Dr. Lipsey lectures nationally on dental sleep medicine and medical billing and is a full time advocate for sleep health and effective medical billing systems.