The quality of your sleep directly affects the quality of your waking life, including your productivity, emotional balance, creativity, physical vitality, and even your weight.
According to the National Institutes of Health, the average adult sleeps less than seven hours per night. In today’s fast-paced society, six or seven hours of sleep may sound pretty good. In reality, though, most of us are only getting four to five hours of unrested sleep.
Sleep-related dental problems like bruxism (teeth grinding) may be signs of more serious health risks such as sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea can cause stroke, heart disease, and arrhythmias. Plus, there are proven links between lack of sleep and a host of systemic problems.
Up to 90% of people who snore may have sleep apnea.
Also children may be affected by sleep apnea and it is often a contributing cause of ADD/ADHD. Teeth grinding, bedwetting, sleep walking, and night terrors may all be caused by sleep apnea. Removing tonsils cures most kids, but early interceptive orthodontics, such as our Healthystart program, can also improve symptoms without surgery.
For adults we use a home sleep test to test for obstructive sleep apnea, and then treat many patients with oral appliances, which are often more effective then CPAP therapy.
If you are ready to change your life for the better, contact us today to get tested for sleep apnea.
This article first appeared in Healthy Utah magazine.