Sleep dentistry

"Do you deserve to rest"
 "Stop snoring ... the importance of a good rest"

Sleep apnea-hypoapnea syndrome (SAHS) is, along with insomnia, one of the most frequent nocturnal sleep disorders, affecting 4% to 6% of the population.

Snoring and apneas are often associated and are not usually perceived by the patient, although they end up causing a poor repairing sleep that causes tiredness and daytime numbness. In turn, lack of proper breathing, may end up causing high blood pressure, ischemic heart disease, cardiac arrhythmias or strokes.

There are several predisposing factors:

  • Anatomical alterations: (short lower jaw, certain forms of the palate or respiratory tract, large neck, large tongue, tonsils and large adenoids).
  • Obesity
  • Tobacco, alcohol and sedatives (for their depressant action of the respiratory system).
  • Postural factors (such as sleeping face up).

Symptoms are usually:

  • Daytime drowsiness, chronic tiredness, snoring (although not all people who snore suffer from sleep apnea).
  • Lack of concentration and memory loss
  • Headache and irritability in the morning.

THE TREATMENT INDICATED FOR LIGHT AND MODERATE CASES IS THE DAM (Mandibular advancement device). This device causes an increase in air passage through the respiratory tract.

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