Find out how this sleep disorder could cause health complications if left untreated.
Have you been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea? Wondering whether this is something you should treat or just leave alone? Our St. Louis, MO, sleep apnea dentist Dr. John Monaco is here to tell you why you absolutely shouldn’t ignore this issue. Here are just some ways in which obstructive sleep apnea can impact your life and your health:
We already know that many Americans aren’t getting enough sleep, which can have serious implications for their daily lives. Sleep is restorative and necessary for good mental and physical health. Since sleep apnea causes breathing cessations throughout the course of the night this means that your brain isn’t getting enough oxygen. This can cause you to wake up or toss and turn throughout the night, leading to really bad sleep. And we all know how we feel when we don’t sleep well!
Every time your body wakes up throughout the course of the night, this puts extra stress on your body, which causes your body to produce certain hormones that can cause elevated blood pressure. As you know, untreated high blood pressure will weaken the blood vessels in your body and can also increase your chances of developing a blood clot or stroke.
If you’ve been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea then you are also at a higher risk of experiencing a heart attack. Sleep apnea not only affects how much oxygen gets to your brain but in turn, this also affects how much blood flow gets to the brain and the arteries.
Experiencing disrupted sleep due to obstructive sleep apnea can also screw with insulin levels in your body, which can also leave you at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
It’s important that if you are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea that you turn to a sleep specialist right away for an evaluation. If you find out that your OSA is rather mild then you may want to sit down and talk with our St. Louis, MO, dentist about whether oral appliance therapy will help manage your symptoms and improve the quality of your sleep.
Oral appliance therapy involves wearing a custom device that looks similar to a mouthguard and it works to keep the airways open while you sleep. It’s comfortable, convenient, easy to use and portable. It could just be the simple solution you’ve been looking for to treat your sleep apnea symptoms in the long run.
Isn’t it time you got the sleep you deserved? We think so, too! Call our St. Louis, MO, dental office today and let us know that you are interested in finding out whether you are a candidate for oral appliance therapy. We are happy to help you get your sleep apnea symptoms under control.