Is Sleep Apnea Affecting Your Health?
Why are we talking about Sleep Apnea?
You might be wondering why your orthodontist is talking about Sleep Apnea. It’s a good question! While there is little correlation between orthodontic care and a sleep-related breathing disorder, every time you come in for an orthodontic appointment, there are people with further training that look for signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Cermin and her staff are excited to be able to offer sleep wellness to their patients! Dr. Cermin’s further training in sleep medicine has made her a provider of oral sleep appliances, which help to open the airway and provide better oxidation.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a sleep condition that occurs when a person isn’t able to breath properly while asleep, due to an anatomical obstruction of the airway. When left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to a decreased quality of life, and put a person at risk for stroke, high blood pressure, heart failure, and depression.
Why does it matter?
Studies have shown that roughly 25 million people in the U.S. suffer from sleep apnea, but only 12% have been diagnosed with a sleep disorder. This matters because sleep apnea has been linked to daytime fatigue, Type II diabetes, stroke, heart attack, behavioral problems, complications with medications, metabolic syndrome, and high blood pressure. Treatment for sleep apnea can slow or even reserve damage caused by apnea-induced low oxygen while sleeping. Early detection is important!
Here at Falls Orthodontics, we strive to provide care that increases your quality of life. At your initial exam or an adjustment visit, we are able to take a look at your airway, and assess if you may be at risk for sleep apnea.
Taking our at-home sleep assessment test can deliver a diagnosis from a qualified sleep physician, who will diagnose and provide treatment options. Our staff would love to discuss options about your sleep health. Call today to schedule an appointment!
Signs and symptoms include:
Waking up with a very sore or dry throat
Occasionally waking up with a choking or gasping sensation
Sleepiness or lack of energy during the day
Sleepiness while driving
Forgetfulness and mood changes
Recurrent awakenings or insomnia
Difficulty concentrating during the day
Risk factors for sleep apnea include: being overweight, a narrowed airway, smoking, chronically constricted nasal passages, being male, middle age, and a family history of sleep apnea.