Enjoy Better Sleep & Better Health In 2018 [BLOG]
Dr. Hanson and our team at the Oregon Smile Care Center are hoping you have a happy, healthy year!
If you’re having problems getting the rest you need, it could mean that you have sleep apnea, which will stand in the way of a healthy, happy year unless you find solutions!
Today, we’re giving you more insight into some of the surprising health problems linked to sleep apnea and how one small oral appliance in our Salem, OR dental office can help you avoid them!
How Sleep Apnea Affects Your Health
Persistent snoring is really disruptive to the people in your house. But loud snoring every night could be a sign that something else is going on, something that could affect your health in a big way.
Here are some health risks associated with sleep apnea that may take you by surprise!
Mood Swings & Irritability
Anyone who’s sleep deprived knows how easily it can affect your mood. You become cranky and irritable, and it’s understandable. But it also affects those around you like family, friends, and colleagues.
Another consequence to your health is chronic stress and depression, which has been linked with a host of systemic health problems.
You Walk, Talk, & Eat In Your Sleep
One of the signs you might have sleep apnea is unexplained weight gain. That’s not only because of a lack of sleep, but it’s also because you’re more likely to have other nightly habits as a result of your sleep disorder.
Like eating without knowing it!
This can lead to choking dangers and weight gain.
You’re also more likely to talk and walk in your sleep, which creates problems for your sleep partner and you!
You Can’t Focus
You know how hard it is, day in and day out, to stay focused on all the things you need to do. In fact, everyone struggles with the ability to concentrate since the smartphone explosion has forced us to be available at all hours!
When you pile on the exhaustion you’re experiencing on a daily basis with all your responsibilities, you’re more likely to make mistakes at work and at home.
It’s one of the reasons that successful treatment for sleep apnea at Oregon Smile Care Center is so important. Your body needs to be rested in order for you to operate at peak performance everyday.
You’re More Accident Prone
When you’re already fighting fatigue and problems with concentration, you’re putting yourself at a higher risk for work and traffic-related accidents. It’s just another unfortunate consequence sleep apnea sufferers and the people around them are unnecessarily unsafe.
Heart Disease & High Blood Pressure
Surprising as it may sound, sleep apnea puts a lot of stress on your heart. What happens during these repeated episodes of sleeping, airway blockage, and sudden waking is that your heart is fighting hard to pump with little oxygen you have in your blood all throughout your body.
This dangerous pattern puts too much strain on your heart because it’s working overtime to get blood flowing through your vessels.
What culminates is a much higher risk for high blood pressure, or hypertension, and heart disease. That’s not a risk you want to take!
With an oral appliance from Oregon Smile Care Center, you can keep that pattern from occuring while you sleep, thus, protecting your heart and blood vessels from being overworked.
A Small Oral Appliance Can Help!
The effects of sleep apnea aren’t limited to those who have it. With all the sleep disruption to the people in your family and the risks to your concentration and mood, it’s definitely an equal opportunity destroyer of rest and happiness.
That doesn’t mean solutions can’t be found!
Dr. Hanson is a highly-trained dental professional who knows how to help patients just like you find the rest and relief you need from the debilitating effects of sleep apnea.
With one small oral appliance, you can breathe easily and quietly all through night. It’s called a TAP appliance, and it’s a mouthguard you wear during the night that will keep your upper and lower jaw positioned to keep air moving freely.
While CPAP machines are effective in treating sleep apnea symptoms, you might find the TAP appliance more comfortable, as many of our patients do!