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The Danger of Drowsy Driving By Dr. Brian Rutherford

You wouldn’t drive drunk. But would you drive while you’re tired? If so, consider this: each year, drowsy drivers cause at least 100,000 accidents; many of these are fatal.

Why are so many people driving while drowsy? One reason is the excessive daytime sleepiness caused by sleep apnea. Even more shocking, according to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, drowsy driving is as dangerous as drunk driving.

An article in Medical News Today warns that driving while tired increases the risk of traffic accidents by seven times. The problem is probably falling asleep at the wheel. In addition, sleep apnea has been estimated to be responsible for five percent to 10 percent of all motor vehicle accidents.

Every year in the United States, 250,000 motorists fall asleep at the wheel, causing 8,000 deaths and 60,000 debilitating injuries.

Don’t be a danger to yourself. Or to others. If you have untreated sleep apnea, or you have a CPAP that you don’t use, call my Mill Creek dental office to discuss treatment with an oral appliance.

Small, effective and comfortable, an oral appliance can help you get back to sleep and back on the road to safety.

 

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