Do you feel tired, irritated or lethargic? One out of five adults in America have mild obstructive sleep apnea, which deprives you of good sleep, resulting in these and other symptoms. Dr. Angela S. Evanson, DDS can help with this annoying and potentially dangerous issue and improve your overall health.
What Are the Health Risks Associated with Frequent Snoring?
90 million Americans suffer from snoring and as many as half of those may have sleep apnea. Snoring not only deprives you of a good night’s sleep it is also a symptom of potentially serious health issues.
Scientific studies suggest that people with sleep apnea are twice as likely to have heart disease and fatal heart attacks. You snore when there is a narrowing of the airways while you sleep. Often, it’s because you’re breathing through your mouth, or your nasal passages and throat are obstructed.
Following are a few of the health risks related to snoring and sleep apnea:
- Strain on the Heart – Continued suffering from obstructive sleep apnea often results in higher blood pressure and may cause enlargement of the heart, with increased risks of heart attack and stroke.
- Poor Night’s Sleep – This can interfere with your ability to work, drive or think clearly, which adversely affects your quality of life.
- Low Oxygen Levels in the Blood – Low oxygen can lead to constricted blood vessels in the lungs and pulmonary hypertension.
- Chronic Headaches – People with chronic daily headaches are almost twice as likely to be chronic snorers, due to grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw, both are symptoms which Dr. Evanson is qualified to help you with.
Dr. Evanson Can Help with Your Snoring
Experts agree that your dentist can set you on the path to overcoming your sleep disorders. Dr. Evanson will look at the composition of your teeth, gums, throat, and jaw to identify the causes of your snoring. Common problems she will look for include:
This is often one of the first signs of sleep apnea. Worn tooth surfaces are a sign that you grind your teeth while you sleep. Grinding can cause tooth wear and breakage as well as inflamed and receding gums.
Increased Number of Cavities
This can also be a sign of grinding because the force damages teeth, making them susceptible to cavity-causing bacteria.
Clenching Your Jaw
When you clench your jaw and grind your teeth, it sends a message to your brain to wake up so you can take a breath. Grinding is just one oral health sign of sleep apnea. A small jaw, tongue with scalloped edges, or redness in the throat (caused by snoring a lot) are also signs she will look for.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), dentists are the only health care providers with the expertise to provide oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea. Depending on the cause and severity of your sleep apnea, Dr. Evanson will make a custom-made mouthpiece to help maintain an open airway while you sleep.
If you recognize yourself in this article, Please, contact Dr. Evanson online, or call (720) 409-0008 to make an appointment. Her office, located at 17167 E. Cedar Gulch Parkway #202 in Parker, Colorado, is also convenient for patients in the neighboring communities of Highlands Ranch, Aurora, Castle Rock and Lone Tree.
The lack of proper sleep impedes your quality of life and could put your health at risk. Allow Dr. Evanson to get you started on the path to better sleep, which is vital for everyone!