When was the last time you had a truly restful nights sleep? At Sleep Dentistry Denver, we are aware that sleep deprivation takes its toll on your mental, physical, and emotional health. “Sleep is a quiescent period where the cells are doing a lot of repairing. Your hormones act differently when you’re asleep, and your immune systems as well.” says Lisa Sheves,MD, DABSM founder of Northshore Sleep Medicine in Chicago.
One of the most common disruptions to a restful nights sleep in nearly 50% of the population is snoring. This is especially significant to one’s bed partner. Snoring is caused from a partial blockage to the airway. Over time, this can progress to total airway obstruction which is called, Sleep Apnea. This disorder is associated with many side effects, some dangerous and life-threatening.
The director of the Kettering Sleep Disorder Center in Dayton Ohio, Dr. Donna Arand, has reviewed five key health problems that are associated with a lack of effective sleep. Sleep deprivation and insufficient oxygen has been shown to have a link to:
1. Increased frequency of colds and flu
2. Increased heart disease and strokes
3. Increased risk of diabetes
4. Increased weight gain
5. Increased lack of attention and mental health
There are several medical treatments that can reduce these risks and increase the quality and benefits of your sleep. The staff at Sleep Dentistry Denver will review your medical history to see if you are a candidate for a sleep study to identify the presence of sleep apnea and your sleep quality.
For mild to moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea, a removable dental oral appliance is used as a form of medical therapy. This device holds the lower jaw in a slightly forward position to open the posterior airway. By preventing the position of the tongue from blocking airflow, not only is snoring reduced but a deeper, more restful sleep is enjoyed.
If you, or someone you care for is struggling with restless sleep, snoring or potential sleep apnea, we invite you to visit with Dr. Reed at Sleep Dentistry Denver for a comprehensive evaluation.
A great night of sleep could be just around the corner!