5 Things You Didn’t Know About Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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Snoring is often the first sign that there is an underlying problem. While some people snore on occasion with no cause for alarm, there are others who have a deadly condition that threatens their well being. More than 60% of those who snore have some form of sleep apnea. Maybe your snoring (or your significant other’s snoring) is nothing more that a condition that is irritating to others. The problem is, you can’t tell if you have Sleep Apnea without the help of a professional!

 

Many people avoid seeking help because they don’t want to wear a CPAP machine. The good news is that if you do have Obstructive Sleep Apnea and it is considered to be mild or mild to moderate, your physician will many times prescribe for you a mouth appliance to treat the condition.

 

Here are a few of the symptoms

 

  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness.  When you come home from work and sit down in your chair, do you often fall asleep? When you slow down for a few minutes, do you feel a bit drowsy?  These symptoms can be a sign that your sleep is interrupted by Sleep Apnea.
  • Your partner hears you gasping or holding your breath at night.  The obstruction that causes someone to gasp triggers a response from the brain to come to a higher level of wakefulness in order to take a breath. You may not come completely awake but you will not be getting the restful sleep you need.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Increase resistance to insulin, which is associated with Diabetes.
  • Problems with mental focus and attention.  You don’t need a doctor to tell you that when you are tired your mind isn’t working as well as it could be.  Remembering facts and names are more difficult when you are tired.
  • Difficulty losing weight. Because the balances of the hormones that regulate appetite are affected by lack of sleep, you will find that you are more hungry and drawn towards eating carbohydrates when you suffer from lack of sleep.  Good sleep helps you have more resistance to bad eating habits.
  • Headaches. Morning headache is a common side effect of obstructive sleep apnea. 
  • Lack of motivation. It is hard to be excited about life when you are tired.  Of course we expect that as we age we will slow down, but it is nice to know if fatigue is due to a treatable condition like Sleep Apnea.

 

Here are five reasons you should seek help if you suspect you have Sleep Apnea

 

  • It’s Life Threatening: This condition is serious because it blocks a person’s airway. A restricted airway causes the person to stop breathing many times during their sleep. Many people have died as a result. Although the brain has mechanisms in place to wake us up, it is possible that if the oxygen levels in the blood get too low, this mechanism is ineffective.

 

  • Children Also Suffer: Many people think depression is a problem that only affects adults. Children, who present with ADHD, bed-wetting, and stunted growth, may also have sleep apnea. Many times, the sleep apnea that affects children is a direct result of enlarged tonsils.  By removing tonsils, parents have seen immediate reversal of bed-wetting and attention problems in school, such as ADHD.

 

  • It Causes Cardiovascular Disease: During periods of apnea, the heart does not get proper oxygen. It can cause heart attacks, high blood pressure, and even a stroke.  The repeated effects of holding your breath at night is very stressful to the heart and can double your chances of sudden cardiac death.

 

  • Many Go Undiagnosed: 1 in 5 Americans suffers from this condition. They can stop breathing anywhere from 5-30 times per hour. If excessive snoring is a problem, it is time Sheridan Dental evaluates the situation. We are trained to screen for Obstructive Sleep Apnea and can help you make an appointment with the correct professional to help you diagnose if there is a problem.

 

  • Obesity is Often To Blame: Having excessive weight in the body can cause the neck and chest to collapse in on the throat when lying down. A blocked airway causes a person to stop breathing.  We have a simple test to check if you fall into a category that is at risk.  If you are at risk, we will point you in the best direction to get help if needed.

 

 

The most important thing to remember is not to ignore the signs and have a professional evaluate your sleep for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

 

 

 

A Smile Makeover Gives You More Than Just a Pretty Face.

 

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The eyes may be the windows to our souls, but a smile is the doorway to your world. Nothing leaves a more lasting impression than a healthy, radiant smile. Of course the team here at Sheridan Dental offers a full range of cosmetic dentistry services and we would be happy to help you with any questions you might have regarding your smile.

Not sure if a smile makeover is right for you? Here are three reasons to contact us for more information.

Confidence:

Do you think a healthy, beautiful, white smile might improve your chances of better employment? A healthy and beautiful smile is an investment in your future.

Cosmetic dentistry will increase your self-confidence, which in turn positively affects all aspects of your life. Corrective adjustments such as invisible braces, veneers or laser whitening are just some of the ways to turn your frown into a sparkling smile.

Health:

Routine dental care is a critical part of your overall health. It is a fact that straight teeth are easier to clean and last longer than crowded teeth. In addition to improving the appearance of teeth, cosmetic dentistry includes services such as deep cleanings and tooth- colored fillings, which support tooth and gum health and provide you with a healthy smile.We always strive to preserve your natural tooth structure wherever possible to maintain optimum tooth strength.

Comfort:

Though dental visits remain a common phobia for many, advances in modern care have afforded multiple effective ways to ensure patient comfort. With options ranging from nitrous oxide to sedation dentistry, we will work with you to determine the right choice to make your experience anxiety-free and as comfortable as possible.

If you are still feeling unsure, take a peek at some of our before and after photos to see for yourself the results that Sheridan Dental achieves. Don’t spend another day hiding your teeth – let us help you unleash your most stunning smile.

Do You Need Help to Stop Snoring

 

 

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Snoring can be annoying or embarrassing, depending on the circumstances, but it can also be dangerous to one’s health.  More and more doctors are advising their patients that it is important that they stop snoring.  

Sleep apnea, one of the most serious sleep disorders, places the person that is snoring at risk for early death.  An individual with sleep apnea can experience sudden drops in his or her levels of blood oxygen which can result in a strained cardiovascular system.  This can lead to heart attacks and strokes.  This is especially true of those that suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.   Even less extreme types of snoring can be related to heart disease, lowered sexual function and a host of other significant problems. The lack of oxygen in the blood can also be a causitve factor in chronic headaches.

Snoring does not just effect the person that snores.  The sleeping partners of people that snore can also suffer adverse effects from their partners’ sleep disorders.  Staying awake at night can result in an increased number of accidents, problems with concentration, heart failure, stroke, diabetes and an entire array of other health and safety issues.  Lack of sleep can also rapidly kill one’s sex drive.

CPAP machines, which deliver constant positive airway pressure, are commonly prescribed snoring remedies, but they do not work for everyone. Each patient is different.  When this is the case, alternate solutions must be devised to help patients stop snoring before their health is seriously damaged.  One such solution is a mouth appliance called the Mandibular Advancement Device.   This device is flexible, easy to use, adjustable and is quite effective.  People with mild or mild to moderate sleep apnea are often prescribed the Mandubular Advancement Device because it is much easier to get used to than a CPAP machine.

If you or a loved one snores frequently, please don’t ignore the warning signs of a potentially dangerous condition of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Call your dentist or doctor and they will refer you to the appropriate Sleep Physician who can guide you through a few easy tests to determine if there is anything to worry about. Call Today!

Keep Your Smile Healthy and Sparkly


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     Watching children play, observing puppies roll around with their litter-mates or simply watching a beautiful sunset can put a smile on your face.  Happy memories of people and places can generate a smile.  Keep those smiles bright and shiny and healthy by following our six tips for maximum oral hygiene.

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