Do you have High Blood Pressure...Do You Snore… Are you DUE for a Dental Check Up?
Did you know that…about 18 million North Americans experience signs or symptoms of oxygen deprivation/sleep apnea!
As, the vast majority of the population visits the dentist about once every 6 months, incorporating a screening for sleep apnea has become an essential component of the dental examination. A dentist can detect the less evident symptoms of sleep apnea through a candid conversation and a thorough examination of the head and neck area.
Oxygen deprivation/ sleep apnea occurs when the throat muscles relax, resulting in shallow breathing, snoring and even episodes when breathing stops completely. This lack of quality breathing can occur up to hundreds of times a night, causing a significant decrease of oxygen in the blood which forces the heart to pump harder and ultimately increases blood pressure.
As sleep apnea is often a silent condition that goes undiagnosed for many years, it is important to maintain an open and honest dialog with health care professionals to ensure that conditions can be identified and properly treated.
Source: Mayo Clinic Website