The Dangers of Drowsy Driving
If you’re an adult living anywhere other than the downtown area of a major city, then it’s likely that you drive almost every day. You drive to work, you drive to the store, you drive your family around, and so on. For many, driving is actually their job, and even more people are driving more often thanks to services like Uber and Lyft. Would it surprise you to know that about 60% of drivers have reported driving while feeling drowsy?
According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep deprived driving conservatively leads to about 100,000 police-reported crashes each year, which translates into 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and about $12.1 billion in monetary losses.
Many of those who constantly feel tired while driving may be suffering from an undiagnosed sleep disorder like sleep apnea. Do you feel exhausted all the time even when you’ve slept through the night? Do you ever drive when you feel this way? If you do this all the time, you’re not only putting yourself at risk, but your family and everyone else on the road as well. Fortunately, Florida Dental Sleep Disorders can help you stay safe behind the wheel with sleep testing in Vero Beach.
How to Protect Yourself from Drowsy Driving
Perhaps you’ve made it a point to go to bed earlier so you won’t feel so tired behind the wheel. Did it help? If not, then it is very likely that you have some kind of sleeping problem, but what can you do about it? You definitely need to get it treated, and for that, you first need to get a proper diagnosis.
There are two ways you can do this:
- Talk to your family doctor and tell them about your sleeping issues. They will then refer you to a sleep doctor who can perform a sleep test.
- You can take our short sleep apnea test right here. After you have submitted it, our team will evaluate your answers and contact you quickly to let you know if you should undergo a sleep test. From there, we can refer you to a doctor to have the test performed.
Possible Treatment Options
Should your test results show that you do have sleep apnea, you then have a few treatment options. The most commonly used sleep apnea treatment is CPAP therapy, where a patient wears an air pump that forces oxygen into the throat in order to help them breathe and sleep comfortably.
However, many patients find that they can’t get complete relief with this approach, so as a CPAP alternative in Vero Beach, we can provide you with something called oral appliance therapy.
With this treatment, all you will need to do is wear a custom-made mouthpiece to bed each night. It will be specially designed to fit over your teeth so it won’t disturb your sleep, and it will help alleviate your apnea symptoms so you can wake up refreshed and hit the road nice and alert.
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According to numerous studies, people who drive drowsy are just as likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident as those who drive intoxicated. If you want to avoid contributing to this dire statistic, the best thing you can do is stop driving while sleep deprived. We can help you with that if you have sleep apnea. Take our sleep test, and if you have any questions, please contact us today.
Your fellow motorists will thank you.