An estimated 30 million people suffer from Sleep Disorders in America. Are you one of them?
Snoring is the most common warning sign for sleep breathing disorders.
This is due to obstruction of the airway, leading to the loud snoring, If it is severe enough, it can cause obstructive sleep apnea, where you can develop gasping of air, choking sounds, or even wake up feeling short of breath.
Daytime sleepiness is also a common sign.
Self screening test:
1. Do you snore?
2. Do you often feel tired during the day?
3. Have you been told you stop breathing while sleeping?
4. Do you have high blood pressure?
or Are you taking medication to control high blood pressure?
(If you answered YES to two or more questions, you are at risk for obstructive sleep apnea)
OR follow the link to know your risk.
Top 10 effects of Sleep Breathing Disorders:
- Negative impact on memory
- Trouble with thinking and concerntration
- Increase of risk for car accidents
- Weaken body defense system
- Gain weight
- High blood pressure
- Increase risk of Diabetes
- Chronic acid reflex
- Decrease sex drive
How we can help
We at Molar Bear Family Dental are happy to assist you with your “hibernating” needs. We work in collaboration with board certified sleep medicine physician, and together we can give you the proper and correct treatment.
I’ve noticed my child has been snoring too? What should I do?
Surprisingly Sleep Breathing Disorders are prevalent in children as well.
1 out of 10 children have obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, and about 1 out of 2 children in the world have experienced sleep a problem. (Am Fam Physician. 2014 Mar1;89(5):368-377).
They are often left untreated and this can lead you to even more issues at a later date. Snoring, and teeth grinding while sleeping are very strong indications that your child could be suffering with a sleep obstructive condition. The current guideline from American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children who snore routinely be evaluated for possible Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome.
Fortunately, the majority of cases of sleep breathing disorder in children is due to problems with jaw development as well as incorrect breathing habits. This can be addressed using an intra-oral device similar to a mouthpiece. This device will adjust the tongue into the correct position, lip seal with proper swallowing and as a result, to promote nasal breathing and proper jaw development. As a result, this will also decrease snoring and improve the quality of the sleep. This device is worn similarly as a child would wear it for early orthodontic treatments. With proper usage of device during sleep and exercises taught by our office, significant improvements in sleep can be immediately noticed within weeks
For more information regarding improper jaw development, and early orthodontic treatment in children, click link.