You might wonder why your orthodontist is concerned with sleep apnea, and that’s a great question!
While there is little correlation between orthodontic care and a sleep-related breathing disorder, Dr. Cermin has completed additional training in sleep medicine that has qualified her to be a provider of oral sleep appliances. These appliances help to open the airway and provide better oxidation during sleep. Dr. Cermin is always on the lookout for signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition that occurs when a person isn’t able to breathe properly while asleep, due to an anatomical obstruction of the airway. When left untreated, it can lead to decreased quality of life and an increased risk for stroke, high blood pressure, heart failure, depression, and daytime sleepiness.
Dr. Cermin and her staff are pleased to offer this sleep wellness treatment in conjunction with your physician or sleep doctor in an effort to bring health to the whole person and increase quality of life.
Why does it matter?
Studies have shown that roughly 25 million people in the U.S. suffer from sleep apnea, but only 12% have been diagnosed with a sleep disorder. Apnea has been linked to daytime fatigue, Type II diabetes, stroke, heart attack, behavioral problems, complications with medications, metabolic syndrome, and high blood pressure. Treatment can slow or even repair damage caused by apnea-induced low oxygen while sleeping. Early detection is an extremely important factor in treatment.
Here at Falls Orthodontics, we strive to provide care that increases your quality of life. At your initial exam or adjustment visit, we will take a look at your airway and assess if you may be at risk for sleep apnea.