Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that causes a person to stop breathing during different times of the night. If it is left untreated, then it can potentially increase the risk of serious health conditions, including heart attacks and diabetes. A Continuous Positive Airway Pressure appliance (CPAP) is often recommended to people who are suffering from sleep apnea. It is a device that keeps the airways open by delivering constant air pressure.
At Andover Smiles in North Andover, we treat patients with a variety of dental concerns – including sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can have a number of different health implications on those who suffer from it, including dental issues like periodontitis. Doctor Rinaldi recommends sleep apnea appliances and treatments like CPAP to help patients breathe better and maintain good oral health. Contact Andover Smiles today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Rinaldi. We’ll work with you to create a treatment plan that works for your needs.
Sleep apnea can have a negative impact on your overall health, leading to a number of different health problems. Many people don’t know that dentists can help with sleep apnea by addressing the problem in the mouth. Using oral appliances offer custom treatment that allow for continuous airflow during sleep. By preventing the collapse of the tongue, these appliances – often similar to a mouth guard – can keep the airway open and prevent the loss of breath.
In addition to oral appliances, CPAP is one of the most common treatment options for sleep apnea. CPAP provides a steady stream of air through tube that connects to a mask. You wear the mask as you sleep and the CPAP keeps the airway open. Because a CPAP machine helps promote more restful sleep, it can also help reduce the risk of depression. Studies have shown that people have an improved quality of life after getting a CPAP machine.
Patients who have sleep apnea are at a greater risk for developing high blood pressure. Not only are they more likely to develop high blood pressure, but they are also more likely to have hypertension that is resistant to medication. Fortunately, treating sleep apnea with a CPAP machine can help lower blood pressure.
Patients who have high blood pressure are at a much greater risk for having a stroke or heart disease. Researchers found that lowering blood pressure in patients who have sleep apnea can reduce the risk of a stroke by 20 percent. It can also reduce the risk of heart disease by up to 15 percent. Because using a CPAP machine can help lower blood pressure, but it can also help reduce the risk of a heart attack and stroke.
Doctor Rinaldi can help determine the best treatment option for you, based on your needs and your condition. Every patient is different, so there is no one-size-fits-all treatment plan. Contact Andover Smiles to schedule your consultation.