If you’re an adult with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), your bones and teeth may be a little weaker than they used to be. It turns out adults with OSA may not just need more restful nights—they may also require extra care for their bones and teeth due to the possible erosion of these important parts of our bodies. Keep reading as we dive deeper into this topic and explore what adults who suffer from OSA should know about taking extra care of their bones and teeth.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disorder where abnormal pauses in breathing or shallow breaths occur during sleep due to obstructions of the upper airway. It is a serious health condition that affects millions of people and can have serious health consequences if left untreated, such as inflammation, oxidative stress, and low levels of oxygen in the body. OSA can also cause daytime fatigue, snoring, difficulty concentrating, and high blood pressure. Its main symptom is repeatedly stopping and starting during sleep due to repeated obstruction in the throat muscles.
According to a new study from the University of Buffalo, sleep apnea patients could be at a higher risk for low bone density. These findings are important for people with OSA as low bone mineral density is an indicator of osteoporosis, a condition in which bones become weak and brittle. Low bone mineral density affects fracture risk and oral health, causing dental implants to fail and teeth to become weak.
The study was published in CRANIO: The Journal of Craniomandibular and Sleep Practice and used a type of x-ray called cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) to measure the bone density in the neck and head of 38 adult participants. Half of the participants had obstructive sleep apnea.
After controlling for sex, age, and weight, the participants with obstructive sleep apnea were found to have had significantly lower bone mineral density than participants without OSA.
Researchers concluded the study by saying, “If a patient has been diagnosed with sleep apnea, this can influence treatment planning and management. CBCT imaging has become an integral part of daily orthodontic practice and could be used as a screening tool for low bone mineral density. Orthodontists could then inform their patients of their propensity for low bone mineral density and encourage them to seek further consultation with their physician, as well as warn the patient of possible adverse outcomes, increased risks, and effects on treatment time.”
Bone, Joint, and Sleep Health
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