Sleep Health

Dr. Kim and her team have completed specialized training in Sleep Health. Sleep is vitally important to your overall health. Many systemic diseases such as high blood pressure, type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease and GERD (gastroesophageal disease) are associated with obstructive sleep apnea or OSA. Orally, OSA can be related to bruxism (clenching and grinding) and erosion of teeth. Many people are not aware that they have sleep disordered breathing. In fact, up to 90% of people with OSA have never been diagnosed. OSA is common, treatable and easily diagnosed by doing a take-home sleep study. We screen each of our patients to determine whether they would benefit from a sleep study.

Even simple snoring is considered sleep disordered breathing. It occurs when the soft tissue surrounding the airway collapses around it. The tissue vibrates with air movement during breathing and causes the noise that we know as snoring. This can be a warning sign of a much more serious condition such as OSA or severe sleep apnea.

Untreated OSA is dangerous and potentially deadly and can take years off of your life. You are about six times more likely to have a motor vehicle accident due to excessive sleepiness. 60-65% of diabetics have OSA. Family history and obesity are risk factors as well. Since we typically lose muscle tone and gain weight as we get older, age is a factor for OSA. Oral anatomy can also contribute to the likelihood of developing OSA. Dr. Kim and her team are trained to look for these potential problems. Sometimes your bed partner may observe symptoms such as snoring, gasping for breath or grinding your teeth even though you are unaware that it is happening.

It is important to complete a sleep study to determine the nature and extent of sleep disordered breathing. Snoring and mild to moderate OSA can be easily treated with an oral appliance. The appliance works by holding the lower jaw forward preventing the impingement of soft tissue around the airway. It is a simple and easy way to address this problem.

Some questions to consider:

Do you feel that your sleep is not refreshing or restful?
Do you experience fatigue throughout the day or have difficulty staying awake?
Do you snore or have you ever been told that you snore?
Do you frequently get up to urinate during the night?
Do you have diabetes or high blood pressure?

Call us at (403) 777-FLOS or click here to make an appointment to be screened today