Sleep Disorders - Dr. Michael Dagostino, D.D.S.
In October I attended an educational seminar where the predominate theme was
sleep disorders and their correlation with dental anomalies. Most people are
unaware that sleep disorders can lead to high blood pressure, heart and kidney
disease, strokes, diabetes, daytime sleepiness, and premature death. Obstructive
sleep apnea, a form of sleep disorder, starts when blocked airways cause low
levels of oxygen in the blood, known as hypoxia. Hypoxia interrupts breathing
patterns and results in a broad range of chronic illnesses. Many of the patients
that have sleep disorders are snorers, which is a clear signal that an airway is
constricted. Children who snore can have significant facial growth changes as a
result of the airway obstruction. Early diagnosis and treatment of sleep
disorders can significantly improve your quality of life. If you suspect that
you or someone you love has a sleep disorder, please contact our office for an
Michael W. Dagostino, D.D.S.
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