How Sleep Apnea Can Impact Your Health
- Posted on: Feb 15 2018
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where a person will stop breathing from several to hundreds of times throughout the night. If left untreated, the brain and the rest of the body will not receive the oxygen it needs to operate properly. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the more common form of sleep apnea. It is caused when the soft tissue in the throat creates an airway block.
Sleep apnea and your health
Sleep apnea does more than rob you of sleep. It diminishes the amount of oxygen your body is receiving. As a result, certain mental and motor skills will suffer, and you may develop greater health issues including high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, diabetes, depression, headaches, and worsened ADHD. Also, sleep apnea can diminish your ability to participate fully in normal activities like driving or attending school. Children and adolescents with sleep apnea exhibit low academic achievement.
Are you at risk?
Sleep apnea can impact individuals of any age or situation. But it is more prevalent in people who are: male, overweight, over the age of 40, have a neck size larger than 17 inches, have large tonsils or tongue, have Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), or nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum or sinus issues.
What are the symptoms?
If you have experienced one or more of the following symptoms associated with sleep apnea, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor: loud snoring, waking up with an extremely dry or a sore throat, drowsy driving, morning headaches, insomnia, mood changes, forgetfulness, or occasionally waking up choking or gasping.
Drs. Daftary and Mahallati have the background and education in Obstructive Sleep Apnea and snoring to help diagnose and treat your specific situation. A CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine is often used to treat patients who suffer from sleep apnea. This device will hold the nasal passages open during sleep. At Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry, we offer a less intrusive device called the Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring Appliance.
Schedule a consultation
If you exhibit any symptoms of sleep apnea, call the Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry today. You can reach our office at 310-285-0530 in Beverly Hills, California.
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