It seems like an epidemic; people are just not sleeping well these days. Stress from work or personal problems on your mind,
a restless sleeping partner or a million other things can cause this sleeplessness, so we know we’ve got a lot of tired folks walking around out there!
But, if your lack of zzz’s is caused by obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), then it’s time to seek help.
OSA can cause much more harm than just dark circles under the eyes, it can also cause major health issues. High blood pressure, memory loss, weight gain, headaches, impotence and cardiovascular disease can all be caused by lack of quality sleep. Need another reason to find treatment? People with OSA have a greater risk of sudden cardiac death, according to a study published in the American College of Cardiology.
You might be surprised to learn that your first stop to find help might be your dentist!
Dental sleep therapy focuses on using oral “appliances” at night, similar to a mouthguard or retainer, to help keep the air paths open.
If you’re like many, you didn’t even consider that your sleeping problem could be solved by A DENTIST! The VIVOS Breathing Well Centers provides us an explanation to why these trained health professionals might be able to help you sleep-seekers. “General dentists are uniquely qualified to identify, diagnose and provide effective treatment planning for maxillary hypoplasia and mandibular retrusion, conditions which are often associated with obstructive sleep apnea. Trained dentists can obtain the clinical skills, advanced tools, essential resources and effective treatment protocols to significantly impact the lives and health of their sleep apnea patients.”
Dr. Jackie Schafer of Colorado Healthy Smiles is VIVOS trained and helps sleep deprived patients in the Boulder, Broomfield and Lafayette area. “People with sleep apnea can stop
breathing for short – or sometimes NOT so short – periods of time throughout the night. But other signs of this affliction can also include, loud snoring, gasping for air during sleep, waking up with a dry mouth, morning headache, difficulty staying asleep, etc. If you think you or your partner has sleep apnea, we can do some fast, simple, completely painless, scans that will tell us for sure.”
Dr Schafer also notes, “Additional factors that contribute to having or getting sleep apnea may include excess weight, smoking, family history, being older – and being male!” (Men are two to three times more likely to get sleep apnea than women.)
If you think you or someone you care for has sleep apnea – help may only be a dental appointment away!