Also known as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, TMD is a condition that occurs at the joint that connects the jaw to the skull. The issue can be related to misalignment, overuse, toothgrinding and more. TMD sometimes leads to secondary pain that makes it difficult to detect directly. One ailment related to TMD is obstructive sleep apnea, which is often confused with snoring. In this post, we shall look at the health risks related to sleep apnea.
Snoring usually happens when there is an obstruction of the airways, so your body struggles to get enough oxygen while you sleep. This can be very risky for your heart, as described in the following post:
Untreated Sleep Apnea Can Increase The Risk Of Heart Attack, Stroke
Not treating sleep apnea and other sleep-related problems in people who have had a procedure done to open blocked arteries may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. These are the findings of a new study conducted by a team of researchers at Kobe Central Hospital in Japan.
During the study, the researchers found that Japanese patients who had undergone the artery-cleaning procedure after having an heart attack or chest pain were twice likely to heart attack, stroke or other life-threatening heart condition in case they also experienced a sleep-related problem. Read more at News Everyday…
It is critical that you seek medical advice if you have had a heart surgery but still experience sleep apnea. The heart surgery doesn’t guarantee you prevention from the effects of sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea also creates more risk of hypertension. This is because your heart is overworked to supply the necessary oxygen that has been limited by the obstruction. The following post describes this in detail:
Study suggests ways to block hypertension in those with sleep apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea – a disorder that affects nearly one out of four people between the ages of 30 and 70 – is a common cause of high blood pressure. In the Aug. 17, 2016, issue of the journal Science Signaling, researchers based primarily at the University of Chicago describe the signaling cascade that leads to this form of hypertension and suggest ways to disrupt those signals and prevent elevated blood pressures.
“Our results, using a rodent model, establish a mechanism that is the cause of apnea-associated hypertension,” said study leader Nanduri Prabhakar, PhD, director of the Institute for Integrative Physiology and Center for Systems Biology of Oxygen Sensing at the University of Chicago. “They also offer a novel way to block the process, preventing this form of hypertension and restoring normal blood pressures.” Read more at Medical Xpress…
The body has amazing ways of detecting abnormal activity. This includes low oxygen supply as a result of strained breathing, which could result in higher blood pressure.
There are sleep apnea sufferers that use the CPAP machine to deal with the condition. The following post explains how this machine is limited in the prevention of health risks:
CPAP machines don’t prevent heart attacks, strokes in some sleep apnea sufferers
More than 25 million Americans have obstructive sleep apnea, a dangerous disorder that causes sufferers to briefly stop breathing while they sleep, sometimes many times each night. The condition, caused by throat muscles that relax and block the airway, has been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes and Type 2 diabetes.
The standard treatment, using the continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine, keeps the airway open by pumping a stream of air through the nostrils as a person sleeps. The biggest problem with the therapy is noncompliance; many people find the air mask and hose uncomfortable and give up on the machine. Read more at The Washington Post…
At this point, the importance of finding a permanent solution to your sleep apnea should be clear. The good news is that there are treatments available. One powerful therapy is called TruDenta, and you may be surprised to learn that it is administered by a specially-trained dentist.
Dr. Robert Harrell at Charlotte Headache Center has been using this advanced treatment for years to alleviate sleep apnea in patients. If you are ready to address your problem, call Charlotte Headache Center at 704-540-5850 or use the contact form on the website to schedule a 20-minute assessment exam. By the end of your visit, we’ll know if you are a candidate for TruDenta treatment. If you are, we will create an individualized therapy plan for you. Appointments usually last 50 minutes and even the most extreme cases are usually resolved in less than 12 weekly visits.