When someone has a sleep disorder, it’s highly likely that they’re going to experience some negative effects due to their inability to sleep well.
Some of the more common symptoms that people tend to experience when diagnosed with a sleep disorder include extreme fatigue, trouble concentrating (at home and at work), having problems remembering things, experiencing relationship problems and even having emotional outbursts.
As you can see, there can be many unwelcoming consequences to having a sleep disorder. If you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or feel tired after getting a good amount of sleep, it’s important to consider the effects of sleep problems and to seek treatment.
The more dangerous risks associated with sleep disorders
Although the majority of people who can’t sleep experience more mild effects, like memory loss or trouble concentrating, there are some more dangerous risks associated with having a sleep disorder, like the increased likelihood of falling asleep while driving.
When it comes to your health, it’s critical that you get the sleep your body needs so that you’re able to feel good as you go about your daily activities. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body isn’t able to repair and rejuvenate itself, which is critical to your good health.
A few specific and more dangerous health effects that are associated with a lack of sleep include a variety of heart-related problems, psychiatric problems, mood disorders and even obesity, which can all lead to an overall poor quality of life.
What does all this have to do with dentistry?
Certain sleep disorders, like sleep apnea, can often have a dental cause. Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that causes a person to stop breathing at night. Sleep apnea occurs when the tissues in the upper throat collapse, blocking the airway passage.
The main reason why someone would be diagnosed with sleep apnea is because their jaw is not in its correct alignment. When someone has a misaligned jaw, there tongue will often slip far back into their throat when sleeping, which is what causes the obstruction.
Fortunately, there are some dental treatments currently available that can help with sleep apnea. This includes using a variety of oral appliances to be worn when sleeping (for those with a milder case sleep apnea). For those with severe sleep apnea, it may be necessary to have surgery.
Can dentistry help your symptoms?
In order to find out if your sleep apnea is a dental related problem, we invite you to contact us today so we can set up an evaluation in order to determine the exact cause of your symptoms. Call (704) 413-3688.