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With sleep apnea, we have a couple of different options that we can talk to the patient about. Sleep medicine has become huge now, because we now see the link between not getting a good night’s sleep and not getting proper oxygenation to your bloodstream and to your organs.
So a bad night’s sleep, where you’re not getting oxygen to your brain, your liver, your kidneys, your heart, everything else in your body, you’re going to see a decrease in your health through those apnea episodes you have at night. So if we can decrease those apnea episodes and oxygenate that blood and oxygenate your body, we’re going to bring your health level up. Whether you’re a diabetic or have heart disease or have some type of autoimmune disease, having sleep apnea is only going to complicate those situations.
So as a dentist, when we partner with a sleep study doctor, we can provide an appliance for you. It’s going to open your airway up at night when you’re sleeping, decrease those number of apneic episodes that you’re having, and then oxygenate your body better so you’re healthier.