Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is one of the sleep disorders treated by a sleep dentist. This condition causes the patient to stop breathing periodically during the night due to physical inhibitions in the air passages. To diagnose the condition, the sleep dentist will evaluate the signs and symptoms and conduct tests and examinations. This article…
Learn How Sleep Dentistry May Improve Your Heart Health
Have you ever considered how sleep dentistry could benefit your entire health? If you are snoring a lot or have sleep apnea, you should be aware that losing sleep or getting poor quality sleep can impact more than just your mood. The American Thoracic Society published a paper titled, “Sleep Mini Series #4 Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease”. This organization, dedicated to education, treatment and innovation in the field of heart health, connected the importance of sleep with decreasing the risk for heart disease.
When exploring the connection between obstructive sleep apnea and heart health, ATS wrote that “if you have obstructive sleep apnea there is a 50 percent chance you also have hypertension.” Hypertension, high blood pressure, can impact your body in a variety of ways and many people try to control it with medication that may be unnecessary if sleep apnea is treated. The exact results are hard to say as they differ with each patient but given how easy it is to treat sleep apnea, we recommend trying this first.
ATS further reported that out of the patients seen at the hospital for coronary artery disease, 70 percent also had obstructive sleep apnea. This is a staggering percentage, especially when you consider that heart disease kills 2,200 Americans per day. One out of every three people that die in the U.S. die from heart disease for a total of 800,000 deaths per year. When considering that 70 percent of people treated for coronary artery disease have sleep apnea, one must consider how many lives could be saved by having the condition treated using sleep dentistry.
We practice sleep dentistry as an easy way to address sleep apnea. Many people suffer from this condition and, as demonstrated, it can impact several areas of life. Not getting a restful night’s sleep can make it difficult to engage in normal daily activities, stay awake while driving and be in a good mood. Given the connection between sleep apnea and heart disease, treating the condition may also save your life and doing so is easier than you may think.
We treat sleep apnea using a non-invasive, non-surgical solution. Those struggling with obstructive sleep apnea typically do so when their jaw falls backward and their tongue follows it. The tongue then blocks the airways, eliminating your ability to breathe clearly and freely while sleeping. The body overcompensates leading to snoring and at times, choking. In order to treat the condition, some doctors will prescribe a CPAP machine that you wear at night in order to receive more oxygen. This is extremely effective, but the machines are bulky and can make it difficult to sleep. Our method, on the other hand, is convenient, portable and comfortable.
By practicing sleep dentistry, we can improve the condition by making an impression of your mouth then having the dental lab create a removable oral appliance that can be worn at night. This looks like a cross between a full retainer and a full set of dentures. The appliance surrounds both your upper and lower teeth and holds them in place, thereby preventing the jaw and tongue from falling backward. As a result of this simple step, you will be able to breathe clearly, and your health will also improve.