Did You Know Your Dentist Could Help You Sleep Better?
At Brown and Gettings, DDS, we do more than handle your oral care. As you may know, our team is passionate about all aspects of your overall health. One area in particular we may discuss with you are your sleep habits and the quality of sleep you feel you may be getting each night. We are able to treat our patients who may be suffering from a common sleep condition known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious condition in which individuals stop breathing multiple times throughout the night. It occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat relax during sleep, blocking the airway and restricting your breathing. Dr. Gettings recently became a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, also known as AADSM. She took a few minutes to explain more about the seriousness of sleep apnea and a treatment option that our practice offers to help patients get the quality sleep they need. Click here to watch.
What Can Sleep Affect?
As Dr. Gettings explains, poor quality sleep, such as the sleep experienced by those with sleep apnea, can greatly affect your overall health and ability to function properly in your day-to-day activities. It can also lead to serious health complications. Poor sleep can increase your risk of having:
- Car accidents
- Accidents at your workplace
- Stroke and cardiovascular issues
- High blood pressure
- Anxiety and depression
- Memory issues
We Can Help Sleep Apnea Patients
One of the biggest issues with sleep apnea is that many patients suffering remain undiagnosed. Our office provides a home sleep test that can identify if you are experiencing sleep apnea. Following a diagnosis, we may recommend an oral appliance. As Dr. Gettings explains, this is an oral appliance similar to a night guard or mouth guard.
We can really make a difference in the lives of our patients. Unlike other medical professionals, we are able to see our patients every six months and really do our best to listen to concerns about symptoms they may be experiencing. If you feel you or a loved one may be suffering from sleep apnea, we recommend calling our office located in West Chester, OH to schedule an appointment. Untreated sleep apnea can be dangerous for your overall health, so we suggest being proactive with your care. We look forward to seeing you soon!