Snoring and Sleep Apnea, Sleep Disorder Kelowna Services
Sleep loss is exhausting
More than half the adult population “survives” on very little sleep – much less than what’s recommended as a minimum daily amount. In addition to losing sleep, may people indicate their sleep problem has significantly impacted their lives and that of their partner.
Lack of sleep can reduce the overall quality of your life. You’re exhausted, irritated, forgetful. You lack concentration and lack the ability to complete even the simplest of tasks. You’re not yourself – friends and family start to notice and they start to drift away.
Sleep disorders – snoring, sleep apnea and insomnia – can have wide-ranging consequences for your health, from annoying to life-threatening. Daily – you need to rest and repair your body. If you don’t, your health is suddenly in jeopardy.
Sleep apnea/snoring are silent killers
Snoring is annoying to your bed partner but did you know that it could be a sign of a possible life threatening condition called sleep apnea? Yes, sleep apnea is characterized by multiple episodes of cessation of breathing during sleep or inadequate breathing. The consequences of this have been closely linked to diseases such as:
- Cardiovascular issues such as hypertension, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation & stroke
- ADHD and/or mental health issues such as depression
- Metabolic Syndrome and Insulin resistance (diabetes)
- TMJ/TMD pain, migraines, headaches
- Tooth grinding, clenching
- Restless leg syndrome
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Asthma or obesity
- Increased risk of cancer
- Acid reflux
A note for at-risk patients
It is also known that 90% of snorers have sleep apnea, 75% or more of people with TMD/TMJ (temporomandibular disorder) have sleep apnea and 52% of sleep apneics have signs and symptoms of TMD.
A visit with sleep disorder Kelowna focus dentist, Dr. Palmer, can determine your individual situation and assess if what you are experiencing is indeed sleep apnea or a sleep disorder. Call our West Kelowna dental clinic today and find out exactly what you are dealing with and what your treatment options are.