POSTED: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 9:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 9:04am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — If you snore, grind your teeth or twitch all night long, you could be among the 12 million Americans suffering from a serious form of sleep apnea, called obstructive sleep disorder.
Many people, like Jerry Scott, 56, did not have a clue that what he was feeling during the day was linked to how he was sleeping at night.
"It never even occurred to me that I had sleep apnea," says Jerry Scott who suffered from obstructive sleep apnea.
While those who snore, or grind their teeth, called bruxism, are often made fun of, Dr. Klauer says untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious health issues like, high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, irregular heartbeats, heart attack, diabetes, depression, worsening of ADHD. New data is showing even Alzheimer's.
So Jerry's visit to the dental chair six months ago may have saved his life.
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