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Can Sleep Apnea Make You Age Faster? Marietta, GA

Can Sleep Apnea Make You Age Faster?

Sleep Apnea Marietta GA

While we sometimes think we can, no human can survive without sleep. Our bodies demand adequate and quality sleep each day to function and remain healthy. Without sleep, our minds, energy and organs will begin to fail. But the question is, how well are you sleeping?

One of the most common and disruptive sleep conditions is obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea involves several pauses in breathing during the night due to obstructed airways. Patients may snore loudly or wake up several times a night gasping for air. The problem with sleep apnea, however, is that its consequences don’t stay in your bed. Untreated sleep apnea can produce serious daytime symptoms, ranging from fatigue and headaches to poor concentration and even heart problems. This sleep condition can even make you age faster!

According to a recent article in Everyday Health, “untreated obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep-disordered breathing problems may accelerate aging, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard Medical School in Boston. The data showed that the sleep-disordered breathing that occurs in OSA can cause early aging of your DNA cells. This supports the fact that every cell in our bodies needs proper sleep. When sleep cycles are chronically disrupted, the effects can be seen at a cellular level. Age-related diseases can become a greater risk if you have untreated sleep apnea, including dementia, cardiovascular disease, functional decline and even some cancers.

The good news is that the epigenetic changes (early aging) caused by obstructive sleep apnea can be reversed with treatment. This makes imperative that you address your sleep apnea symptoms sooner rather than later. You may only need a visit to the dentist in mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea.

Dr. Gilreath is an accredited member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He works closely with many ENT and Pulmonology groups in the area when you are diagnosed with sleep apnea. For many people, a CPAP machine is very uncomfortable and disrupts their sleep. A dental sleep appliance can often be used even if you have been prescribed a CPAP machine. To learn more about how you can protect your health and longevity with a sleep apnea appliance from your dentist, call Gilreath Dental Associates today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

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Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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