Researchers at Brown University have determined that women who have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea may be at an increased risk of experiencing serious complications during pregnancy.
A Study on Sleep Apnea’s Effects on Pregnancy
Using the U.S. National Perinatal Information Center database, the medical records of over one and a half million pregnant women from 2010 to 2014 were analyzed. Only 12 percent of those women showed a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea, but from these numbers, they determined the women were 174 percent more at risk for admission in the Intensive Care Unit than those without the sleep disorder. The average length of hospital stay was three days for women without obstructive sleep apnea but was five days for those with it.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea: The Facts
When breathing repeatedly starts and stops during sleep, obstructive sleep apnea may be the cause. It’s the most common form of sleep apnea and can be a serious concern when it comes to your health according to Dr. Martin Abelar, DDS, a San Diego area dentist who treats patients for this sleep disorder.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, painful, inflammatory disease that affects the joints. There’s no cure for the disease, but medications and therapy often help relieve symptoms. Thanks to scientific research, those suffering from gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, may find relief from their rheumatoid arthritis symptoms by seeking professional oral care to treat their gum disease.
Studies Support a Connection
A study was published in the Journal of Periodontology that discovered that people suffering from RA were eight times more likely to develop gum disease than those without it. This brought to light the proverbial question of "which came first the chicken or the egg" to the forefront of research on gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Does gum disease play a role in the development of RA or does RA create an environment that encourages gum disease?
- Waking up with a headache or sore jaw and face
- Difficulty opening the mouth all the way, especially in the morning
- Damaged, broke or worn down teeth
- Pain in the ears and jaw joint that is located just in front of the ears
Chronic gum disease, also known as periodontitis, affects over 47% of Americans 30 years old and over. When the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth becomes infected, it can lead to major problems if left untreated.
Patients often admit to avoiding treatment for gum disease because of the discomfort associated with traditional periodontal surgery methods. In the past, gum surgery meant incisions, sutures and extended healing times.