What you need to know about sleep apnea and why your dentist cares
Have you been tossing and turning at night? Do you wake up slowly and in a haze on a regular basis? You may have sleep apnea, a condition where your breathing is disrupted while you are asleep. The results of sleep apnea vary, but can range from occasional sluggishness to long-term risks for diseases.
Here are some reasons why your dentist cares about your sleep apnea and why you should, too:
- You may not know you have it. Most people attribute a bad night’s sleep to something they ate or drank, or to stress in their lives. However, recent studies have indicated that as many as 80 percent of sufferers go undiagnosed.
- Women get it, too. The stereotypical sufferers are overweight men who snore. It’s true that obesity is a common cause of sleep apnea, but older women are just as susceptible to it.
- It can cause serious health problems. Think about it: Depriving your body of necessary oxygen while you sleep, over long periods of time, is going to affect your health. In fact, sleep apnea is a risk factor for strokes, diabetes, heart attacks and other serious conditions.
- It’s treatable. Depending on the severity of the condition, the sleep apnea treatment will vary. Fortunately, a removable dental appliance is a common and simple solution. More serious cases may require a Continuous Positive Airway Pressures (CPAP) system to maintain pressure and oxygen flow in the airway during sleep.
If you’re concerned about your sleep apnea, or just have questions, please contact us for more information. The team at James Bieneman, DDS have the knowledge and experience to get you the treatment you need. It’s the first step toward a good night’s sleep.