Depression

Depression

Devastating effects of sleep deprivation

Depression

Devastating effects of sleep deprivation

Dr. Benjamin Polan explains how sleep deprivation can cause depression

Devastating effects of sleep deprivation

The human body repairs and re-energizes itself during sleep, which is why getting a good night’s sleep is vital to staying healthy and fit. Restful sleep is important for maintaining physical, cognitive and emotional stability. Failure to get restful sleep over a prolonged period can result in the occurrence of serious medical conditions which may detrimentally affect overall quality of life, so it’s important to seek an experienced dental sleep doctor such as Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly as soon as symptoms are realized.

Depression and sleep apnea

Many people suffer from the potentially life-threatening sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea interrupts the flow of air into the lungs while a person is asleep. This can cause the sufferer to stop breathing for more than ten seconds at a time and may happen as often as ten times in an hour. These episodes occur when the muscles in the throat relax and the tongue blocks the airway thus reducing the amount of oxygen.

Inadequate sleep plays a major role in depression, which can result from the inability to sleep over a period of time, a common side effect of sleep apnea. Frequent mood changes occur and individuals may have trouble controlling emotions. A report by the Institute of Medicine discovered that approximately fifty to seventy million people suffer from chronic sleep disorders. Fortunately, sleep dentistry is an area that focuses on managing sleep-related disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea and snoring with less obtrusive solutions than some medical ones.

Oral appliance therapy

Oral appliance therapy may be the appropriate treatment for some patients who resist using the standard medical treatments. The proper course of therapy for those suffering from sleep-related disorders must be determined through a joint consultation between a physician who makes the diagnosis and a dental sleep specialist.

Dental sleep specialists such as Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA use innovative oral appliance therapy to treat sleep-related disorders like sleep apnea, snoring and other sleep related breathing disorders. Oral appliances resembling other orthodontic devices and are worn like a sports mouth protector and allow proper breathing for a sleeping person by moving the jaw forward and opening up the back of the throat thus creating more adequate air intake.

Individuals who suffer from any sleep related disorders should consider the consequences of neglecting to seek treatment. Since there is a definite link between sleep deprivation and depression, an early definitive diagnosis and subsequent treatment from a dental sleep specialist can provide relief. When normal sleep patterns are restored, patients regain their physical and emotional well-being. Successful treatment enables a person to enjoy a good night’s sleep and an overall better quality of life free of symptoms that accompany sleep deprivation.

Life transforming dental solutions

By Beverly MA Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan

Sleep Deprivation

Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation can cause havoc

Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation can cause havoc

Dr. Benjamin Polan helps eliminate sleep deprivation in Beverly, MA

Sleep deprivation can cause havoc

Sleep apnea is a condition in which the soft tissues of the mouth and throat collapse during sleep, obstructing the airways that bring oxygen to the lungs and throughout the body. Sleep apnea can cause snoring and a number of medical problems and should be treated immediately to prevent complications. Dr. Benjamin Polan, a dentist in Beverly, MA is experienced in sleep dentistry, a field that specializes in treating this condition.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Physicians determine that sleep apnea is occurring through a number of common symptoms. Excessive daytime sleepiness not linked to any physical condition may be a sign of sleep apnea. It can also cause morning headaches, foggy mental functioning and emotional problems like anxiety and depression.

Severe snoring is often a symptom of, and a problem for, those who have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can also affect relationships, making you feel too tired to enjoy social events. The complaints of sleep partners are often the trigger that makes these people seek treatment. Symptoms of sleep disorders like apnea can be treated by a number of simple methods. Your dentist in Beverly can advise you on custom made, FDA approved oral appliances that can help to open airways to allow better sleep.

Medical Complications of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can cause constant poor sleep quality, which is associated with the development of a number of diseases.
People with sleep apnea often develop Type-2 diabetes. Obesity is linked to sleep apnea, and it is unclear whether the obesity causes the apnea or whether the poor sleep causes overeating and resulting obesity. High blood pressure is also linked to sleep apnea. The reduced intake of oxygen during the sleeping hours causes additional pulmonary pressure. Sleep apnea can increase the incidence of asthma attacks and headaches. Seizures and other nerve disorders can also occur.

Other Consequences of Sleep Problems

When you sleep poorly, you are more likely to perform below optimum levels at work.This can affect your ability to move ahead in your career. Poor sleep quality can also cause an increased risk of auto accidents and work injuries. Awareness and reaction time can be affected. People may even fall into micro-sleep periods during the day, increasing the risk for injury. Sleep dentistry can help improve sleep quality, which will you to function well throughout the day. Driving while drowsy is an unfortunate and dangerous complication for those with untreated Sleep Apnea.

Treatments for Sleep Apnea

Oral appliances can help to position the tongue and mouth tissues to allow better airflow. Dr. Ben Polan has extensive experience in treating these conditions and can help to find the right appliance for your needs. Sleep dentistry can help you to sleep better, boost your immune system and improve your quality of life.

FOR MORE INFORMATION visit www.becpapfree.com and click on sleep apnea. The
National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute has a great article named ‘What is Sleep Apnea’ which you can
read here.

Life transforming dental solutions

By Beverly MA Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan