Many people think that snoring is just an annoying habit. Studies show, however, that snoring can indicate sleep apnea, a condition linked to cardiovascular disease.
Fact: Men who snore face a 60% (or greater) risk of heart attack. Women who snore are at 50% increased risk for heart attack.
Fact: When treated for sleep apnea, people who snore significantly reduce their risk of heart attack.
Fact: Sleep apnea is more common in people with diabetes, high blood pressure, and those who suffer from obesity.
Fact: Dr. James Stewart (that’s me) offers non-surgical, non-CPAP treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. Treatment reduces risk of heart attack, stroke, congestive heart failure, and heart disease.
Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. The best way to determine sleep apnea is through a sleep study. I’ve spent the night at a sleep lab myself because I wanted to experience firsthand what I recommend to my patients. Read about my sleep lab account here.
I’m a general dentist, and as a healthcare professional, I’m very concerned with helping my patients reduce their risk for disease. This includes not only oral disease, but also whole-health issues, like cardiovascular disease.
The most common type of sleep apnea, OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) occurs when tissues in the mouth and throat block airflow while a person sleeps. In many cases, the lower jaw relaxes backward and allows soft tissues to inhibit breathing. A comfortable oral appliance, which we call a snoreguard or sleep guard, can hold the lower jaw in proper position. The device promotes free breathing during sleep.
If you have tried a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine and experienced poor results, visit my Livonia dental office, and let’s talk about your condition. I want you to enjoy snore-free nights and quality days. Make an appointment today by calling 734.425.4400.