17 Sep The Link Between AFib and Sleep Apnea
AFib is the most common heart arrhythmia condition in the world. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common disruptive sleep condition in the world. It comes as no surprise to most that these two medical conditions are often linked. Although the exact association between the two conditions is not yet known, many experts believe it has to do with recurrent decreases in blood oxygen levels caused by obstructive sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea not only causes the development of AFib in adults without current heart rhythm problems, but it also causes arrhythmia episodes in people who already have AFib or another heart rhythm condition. The good news is, experts believe treating sleep apnea can help prevent the development of AFib.
The CPAP machine is the most commonly known way to treat sleep apnea. However, many patients choose to suffer through sleep apnea symptoms rather than use the mask due to its discomfort and high maintenance. Luckily, the CPAP isn’t the only treatment available. Sleep dentistry provides solutions for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea.
Renew Dental is proud to be a provider of sleep apnea treatment through our dental sleep therapies. At Renew, sleep apnea and snoring patients will work with our own Dr. George Marquis, DMD, FAGD, who recently became a Diplomate of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. To find out how Dr. George and the Renew Dental team can help you get a better night’s sleep and lower your risk of developing other serious health conditions, click here to request an appointment.