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What Health Problems Are Caused by Untreated Sleep Apnea?

added on: November 14, 2019

woman covers her ears to block out her partners sleep apnea snoring

Do you continually wake up feeling tired and worn down, or suffer from pounding migraines throughout the day? These are common symptoms of sleep apnea, a disorder that not only impacts your sleep patterns, but your overall health too. At Caring Smiles, we’re proud to offer sleep apnea treatment to our patients. We’ll go over the symptoms and consequences of sleep apnea along with treatment options below.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that causes a person to stop breathing periodically throughout the night. There are two types of sleep apnea: central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea (CSA) occurs when the brain cannot properly communicate with the lungs during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the soft tissues at the back of one’s throat collapse during sleep, blocking proper airflow.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Of course, it’s hard to tell if you’re actually breathing or not while you are asleep, but common symptoms of sleep apnea are:

  • Fatigue
  • Lack of focus
  • Dry mouth
  • Migraines
  • Sore Throat
  • Loud Snoring
  • Forgetfulness

Health Problems Caused By Sleep Apnea

Having repeatedly uninterrupted sleep can wreak havoc on your body. Some of the health issues that sleep apnea can cause are high blood pressure, strokes, depression, irregular heartbeat, and diabetes, just to name a few. This is because improper rest leads to imbalances of hormones and blood sugar.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

We proudly offer sleep apnea treatment here at Caring Smiles! If you have OSA, sleep apnea treatment consists of a custom-made sleep appliance that gently repositions your jaw, allowing unobstructed airflow into your lungs. Get ready to wake up feeling more rested, focused, and ready to enjoy life again!

If you think you might have sleep apnea, don’t let it disrupt your life any longer. Contact us at Caring Smiles today to set up a consultation. We look forward to your visit!

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