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Your Dentist and Sleep Apnea

October 18th, 2011

Surprisingly, a dentist can be instrumental in helping you if you suffer from sleep apnea. This condition, often accompanied by loud snoring, interferes with solid sleep. As a result, you may feel sleepy during the day and annoy your sleeping partner at night.

Sleep apnea is defined by repeated, periodic cessations in breathing. The most common form, obstructive sleep apnea or OSA, occurs when soft tissues in the mouth and throat block airflow. This usually happens when the lower jaw relaxes and moves slightly back toward the body, though it may also be caused by swollen tissues, significant fatty tissue in the neck, or physical obstructions (tonsils, adenoids, etc.).

Nearly 18 million Americans have sleep apnea. According to reports from the National Transportation Safety Board, at least 100,000 police-reported accidents, annually, in the US can be attributed to people driving while sleep deprived. Estimated loss of productivity costs are at $15 billion. You probably know someone who suffers from sleep apnea, or suffer from it yourself. Once thought to be merely a mild annoyance, long-term sleep apnea is connected with numerous detrimental consequences. Here are 11 health problems associated with sleep disorders:

  1. Heart disease.
  2. Diabetes.
  3. High blood pressure.
  4. COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
  5. Immune system impairment.
  6. Obesity.
  7. Accelerated aging.
  8. Memory problems.
  9. Depression.
  10. Narcolepsy.
  11. Automobile accidents.

Our minds and our bodies NEED sleep to function properly. If we are sleep deprived, our bodies will force slumber, no matter how hard we fight drowsiness. Falling asleep at inappropriate times can, of course, result in tragedy. Charles Martin, DDS, at the Richmond Smile Center, can help you overcome snoring and sleep apnea – without a CPAP! A simple oral appliance, worn at night, will keep you breathing, and sleeping, soundly.

Call Dr. Martin at the Richmond Smile Center today and schedule an appointment to assess your candidacy for sleep appliance therapy. Dr. Martin offers a FREE report regarding Snoring and Sleep Apnea. Order yours today. Phone: 1-888-22-SMILES.