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Sleep Apnea and Periodontal Disease

Sleep Apnea and Periodontal Disease - Ranchlands Dental Clinic - Dentists Calgary

Poor quality sleep not only wrecks your day but also has a negative impact on your entire health.  Sleep Apnea is a serious, sometimes fatal, condition that many patients associate with disruptive breathing and snoring.  Snoring affects over thirty-three percent of adults – and is due to a partial collapse of soft tissue around an airway (throat).  This annoying habit not only destroys relationships and creates additional stress during work hours due to a lack of quality sleep – Snoring and Sleep Apnea also contributes to patients experiencing a higher incidence of:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes – forty-eight percent of Sleep Apnea patients report having Type Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Daytime Fatigue and Drowsiness
  • Heart Attack and Congestive Heart Failure – Patients who snore regularly increase their chances of experiencing a Heart Attack by thirty-three percent
  • Stroke
  • Dementia and Depression 

NW Calgary General Dentists at Ranchlands Dental empathize with patients who struggle to maintain a quality life while having to deal with the repercussions of Sleep Apnea and Snoring.  One of the negative side-effects of Sleep Apnea is a patient’s tendency to develop Periodontal Disease – a disease that destroys gum tissue, supporting ligaments, and bone surrounding a tooth.  Why is this disease seen more often in patients suffering from Sleep Apnea?  A study known as the Korean Genome Epidemiology Study was published in the Journal of Periodontal Research and its specific purpose was to establish a link between Periodontal Disease and Sleep Apnea.  The study reports that patients who suffer from Sleep Apnea are four times more likely to develop Periodontal Disease – and those who don’t have the disease still exhibit associated symptoms – Puffy Receding Gums, Loss of Periodontal Attachment and Deeper Periodontal Pockets.  It is believed that Sleep Apnea increases the risk of developing Periodontal Disease due to the need to breathe through the mouth – creating a dry environment which bacteria thrive in.

Calgary Dentists at Ranchlands Dental explain that when oral tissues are dry, growth of bacteria becomes prolific – causing gum irritation and inflammation.  The inflammation that is present in the mouth is also occurring in other bodily tissues – hence a patient’s risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  But options are available to control snoring and sleep apnea – and improve a person’s overall health.

For more information regarding Sleep Apnea and Snoring Appliances – contact Ranchlands Dental today 403.239.5212

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