Snoring and Sleep Apnea. Sleep apnea is caused by a collapse of the upper air way during sleep. Strong snoring can be a symptom but what makes apnea different are brief interruptions in breathing. Sleep apnea is closely linked to high blood pressure, heart failure and stroke. There is an estimated 12 million adult Americans that have sleep apnea but most go undiagnosed or treated. There is treatment that may help in the prevention of snoring and sleep apnea. We are able to make a device that is worn in the mouth to help open the upper airway and diminish the effect of a blocked airway. If you are a heavy snorer experiencing poor sleep you owe it to yourself and your family to seek help and lower your health risk. Our office can help.
Smoking and tobacco-products are amount the most important health related hazards. Cigarette smoking poses a major risk factor for diseases including lung cancer, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease and oral cancer. An estimated 50% of advanced gum disease is attributable to smoking. Smokers respond poorly to gum treatment and are at a greater risk for gum disease. Smokers are 2.5-3 times more likely to develop gum disease. How smoking affects the color of your teeth is an apparent issue. Our office can provide numerous ways from tooth whitening to smile makeovers with porcelain veneers to improve the appearance of your teeth.
One third of the population snores. It is estimated that more than 80 million people in North America snore while sleeping. Did you know snoring can be deadly? Snoring can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. During sleep, the muscles and soft tissue of the throat and mouth relax making the breathing airway smaller. This decrease in the airway space increases the velocity of air flowing through the airway during breathing. As this occurs, soft tissues like the soft palate and the uvula vibrate. These vibrations are generally referred to as snoring. Snoring can be treated with a custom fabricated dental device worn at night which moves the lower jaw into a more forward position, increasing the airway space and reducing snoring. This device is easily fabricated in our dental office and has proven to be very effective.
Systemic Diseases and Dental Treatment. Now more than ever, patients are hearing about the “mouth-body” connections between systemic disease and oral disease. Dentists and physicians have known for some time that illnesses and conditions of the mouth, gums and teeth are directly related to illnesses and conditions in the rest of the body. Research is now providing ample evidence to back this up. Studies show that bacterial infection and tissue inflammation are important causative factors in periodontal disease. These byproducts can be major factors in the development of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and other serious problems. According to the ADA, approximately 70% of the population has some form of periodontal gum disease. The bacteria identified in periodontal disease are the same bacteria identified with other systemic diseases. It is due to this connection that preventative dentistry and proper dental hygiene appointments are so important for not only dental health but systemic health as well.