In our fast-paced society, it is sometimes difficult for us to get the adequate sleep that we need in order to function at our best. But this lack of sleep can lead to dangerous consequences.


1.       Sleep deprivation can be a danger to your health.

A few of the risks that sleep deprivation can lead to include stroke, heart attack, car accidents, modified eating habits and poor oral health. Did you know that driving on less than five hours of sleep is equivalent to driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.05?


2.       Loss of sleep can accumulate over time.

While you might not think that a few nights here and there of five or six hours of sleep could harm you, these nights lacking sleep can add up over time and lead to devastating consequences. If you average less than six hours of sleep a night, your chances of having a heart attack go up by 50 percent. The average American gets less than seven hours of sleep each night, while they need closer to eight or even nine hours for optimal health.  


3.       Lack of sleep can lead to or be caused by sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea, or the condition of loss of breath several dozen or even several hundred times each night, can have serious effects on your life. One of the best treatments for sleep apnea is oral therapy, in which a sleep apnea dentist creates a specialized device for you to wear during the night to help you be able to breathe and rest properly.


Get In Touch With Us

Got sleep apnea in Nashville, TN? Here at Belle Meade Family Dentistry, we use modern technology combined with patient-centered practices to develop the best approach to your dental health. Dr. James Pace is happy to talk with you about your needs related to sleep apnea, cosmetic dentistry or general dentistry, so give us a call today at (615) 653-4555.