OSA is more prevalent than diabetes or asthma!
With millions of Americans suffering from insufficient sleep, more and more commercial products are being pumped out in an attempt to meet market demand: energy drinks, stronger coffee brands, white noise machines, and much more.
The truth of the matter is much simpler: this is a health issue, and for many people who suffer from conditions like sleep apnea, it is a dental health issue.
As many of our patients can attest, New Teeth Dental Solutions has always been there to take care of any issue pertaining to dental health. This dedication to ensuring we provide only the finest in oral care solutions is why our compassionate dental team does not only treat sleep apnea-related issues, but offers FREE consultations!
Why Do I Need A Consultation?
There may be some of us who think that our snoring might be a bigger problem for our partners than ourselves. After all, everyone snores once in a while, right? That may be true, but if you snore every night, you might be what is known as a “chronic snorer.”
This could be a warning sign of developing sleep apnea and can already be having consequences on the quality of your sleep. The sound of snoring is caused by vibrations, indicating the loosening of muscles, most often in the back of the throat, jaw, and palate.
Getting a consultation could not only mean the end of your partner’s sleepless nights, but yours as well. Our consultations will help you rest assured that your oral health is in good hands.
How Does This Affect Me?
The loosening of these muscles can cause the most common form of sleep apnea (obstructive). Sleep apnea is the clinical term for when you stop breathing in the middle of the night.
These periods are often brief because your brain is quick to make sure you start breathing again by doing anything it can. It can make you cough, sputter, roll over, or even give you an urge to use the restroom to wake you up. All this makes for a pretty restless night.
Are There Health Risks Associated With Sleep Apnea?
If our sleep is constantly disrupted, it takes a toll on our health. Sleep apnea will prevent you from getting into the deepest, most restorative part of the sleep cycle. Because you are constantly restarting your breathing, this forces your brain to keep restarting the sleep cycle, and you just get hours of light sleep instead of a full night’s sleep.
That is why sleep apnea is associated with:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure).
- Morning headaches.
- Type 2 diabetes.
- Trouble concentrating during the day.
- Liver disease.
These and other risk factors are why it is critical to schedule a consultation if you suspect you are suffering from sleep apnea. OSA is more prevalent than diabetes or asthma!
Am I at Risk for Sleep Apnea?
In today’s demanding world, a disrupted sleep cycle seems an all too common occurrence. Sleep apnea is a very real risk that is caused by a physical health condition, not an excess of caffeine, sugary drinks, or even insomnia. Here are some of the risk factors that might indicate you are in danger of sleep apnea:
- Obesity: Being overweight can increase the risk of sleep apnea as fat deposits around your upper airway can obstruct your breathing.
- Neck Size: People with narrow dental arches might have narrower airways, though this is not always the case.
- Genetics: You might have inherited a narrow throat, so if you have a family that is prone to sleep apnea, your chances will increase as well.
- Blockage: Tonsils or adenoids also can enlarge and block the airway, particularly in children.
- Medical conditions: Many medical conditions can contribute to sleep apnea including congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes.