June 10, 2017
According to some sources, Jerry Garcia–the famed 60s icon and Grateful Dead guitarist–suffered from sleep apnea. Truth be told, his fatal heart attack in the summer of 1995 may have been due (in part at least) to this dangerous condition.
If left untreated, sleep apnea can wreak havoc on your body’s entire system. Besides the extra stress put on you due to lack of quality sleep, the lack of oxygen when you do sleep is a real problem. Hypoxemia (lack of oxygen in the blood) can be linked to high blood pressure and other cardiovascular complications. Untreated sleep apnea can also lead to type 2 diabetes, liver problems, daytime fatigue, and other total-system issues. It can even result in death!
As you might imagine, this is one situation that usually requires cooperation from a physician. If you have had a sleep study and were diagnosed with sleep apnea, your primary physician will probably make some recommendations in regards to lifestyle changes and treatment.
Then, Dr. Porter will work closely with you and your sleep doctor to find the best solution. When your sleep apnea falls in the mild to moderate range, we can usually create a custom dental device for you. This will be designed to adjust your jaw so that your airway stays open while you sleep. This option can be used on its own or in conjunction with a CPAP machine. At Synergy Dental Center, we will always help you get the solution you need based on your specific situation. We won’t rest until you are able to!
In Jerry’s honor, we have included a classic video link for your enjoyment. We just hope that if you or your partner needs help managing sleep apnea symptoms, you will take it seriously enough to contact Dr. Porter sooner than later!