Sleep affects every facet of your life, including your oral health. But 1 in 5 adults aren’t getting enough sleep due to an undiagnosed sleep condition known as Sleep Apnea. This is why the American Dental Academy encourages all dentists to screen patients for risk factors of Sleep Apnea as part of comprehensive care. We are partnered with US Sleep Apnea to ensure our patients get the best care.
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that stops your breathing while you sleep. This can happen several times an hour throughout the night and you may not realize it is happening. In fact, 80% of those with sleep apnea do not know they have it.
Sleep apnea puts a tremendous strain on the cardiovascular system due to lower oxygen levels, heart-rate, and blood pressure spikes that are caused by interrupted breathing. Sleep apnea increases:
- The risk of heart failure by 140%,
- The risk of stroke by 60%, and
- The risk of coronary heart disease by 30%
If you struggle with snoring, poor sleep, feeling tired, difficulty concentrating, or trouble losing weight, it may be due to poor sleep. Complete the Sleep Screening to find out if you are at risk.
Sleep apnea is an easily treatable condition and treatment has immediate results. Although dentists are well versed in the symptoms and treatments, only a medical doctor can diagnose sleep apnea. Based on your screening results, a referral may be sent to a Sleep Physician who can speak with you more about your sleep. A sleep test will confirm your diagnosis. US Sleep Apnea offers telehealth visits and home sleep testing so you won’t have to leave the comfort of your own bed.