Sleep apnea and consistent snoring are more than simple annoyances. Although they can be frustrating for family and loved ones, the negative health affects are far reaching and can have long-term detrimental affects.
Getting quality, consistent sleep is crucial to good health. Individuals with sleeping disorders are at risk for more than just baggy eyes. Lack of sleep can lead to the following:
Strain on Heart – Sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, which can ultimately enlarge the heart. This puts the individual at risk for serious medical issues such as heart disease, heart attack and stroke.
Diminished Mental Focus – It’s hard to be at your best when you’re both physically and mentally exhausted. Lack of sleep can affect your job performance, personal interactions and daily tasks.
Headaches – Headaches are a common symptom when your body does not get the sleep it needs.
Lowered Oxygen Levels –Consistently pausing your breathing during the night can lead to reduced oxygen levels in your blood, which may result in constricted blood vessels or other issues down the line.
Weight Gain – Studies show that lack of sleep can lead to weight gain. When people don’t get enough sleep they have a increased levels of hunger hormone (ghrelin) and on average consume about 300 calories more per day more than those who got enough sleep.
Custom Dental Appliances Can Help
Fortunately, there are now dental appliances that allow patients with sleep apnea or snoring issues to breathe more easily and get the sleep they need throughout the night. Parke Dentistry offers two specialized dental appliances to provide relief and improve overall health:
Sleep Apnea Appliance
A sleep apnea appliances, which fit into the mouth like a mouthguard, work by holding the lower jaw forward and allowing you to breathe more easily throughout the night. They are customized to fit your mouth, easy to wear, take care of and clean.
A snore guard is also device that holds the lower jaw forward, keeping your airway open so you don’t snore. It is specifically designed to treat snoring, and helps you get the rest you need.