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Little-Known Dangers Of Untreated Sleep Apnea

  • March 21, 2017

Little-Known Dangers Of Untreated Sleep Apnea

Nobody is perfectly quiet at night, but if you snore loudly and often, you could have sleep apnea. This condition can grow serious and should not be ignored, as it almost never goes away all on its own.

Call our Norton Shores, MI dental office today at 231-366-4182 to schedule sleep apnea treatment. The sooner you make that call, the sooner you can finally sleep through the night.

Sleep Apnea Is More Than Just Snoring

The reason why you snore so much with sleep apnea is that your airway is closing at night. This happens when the muscles in your throat relax too much when you sleep. Their weight begins to push down on your airway. As it gets narrower, the air you’re breathing through it gets pushed through that narrow part. This creates a vibration and rumbling known as snoring.

The problem is that your airway eventually closes and you start to suffocate. This panics your body, so you start to wake up. That makes your throat muscles tense up and open your airway again. Since you didn’t really wake up, you’re back asleep before you realize it.

This can happen more than 200 times in a given eight hours of sleep. With sleep apnea, you’re never getting the rest you need.

Loud, frequent snoring is a big sign you could have sleep apnea, but there are others:

  • Irritability and moodiness
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Feeling exhausted even after you just woke up
  • Problems staying focused or using willpower
  • Fatigue at random times during the day

That’s why you need to call Community Shores Dental at 231-366-4182. Sleep apnea can be a serious condition, but our dentists can help.

Dangers Of Untreated Sleep Apnea

If your sleep apnea goes untreated, here are some little-known dangers that you could easily face.

SLEEP BEHAVIOR

With sleep apnea, you never quite wake up. That means you spend more time in this twilight area between being awake and being asleep. Because of that, you are at a higher risk of sleep behaviors. Sleepwalking is the most well-known, but it also includes sleep talking, sleep eating, and other behaviors.

That’s why you need to call our Norton Shores, MI dental office. You’re risking injury with such sleep behaviors because you’re not aware of your surroundings.

HEART DISEASE AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

The problems with breathing caused by sleep apnea decreases the amount of oxygen in your body. Since your cells still need it, your body works harder to push what oxygen you do get to all parts of your body. This means your heart works much harder and your blood pressure goes up.

By calling us today, you can schedule an appointment for sleep apnea treatment that helps keep your airway open while you sleep. This gives you the oxygen you sorely need and does not put extra stress on your heart and blood vessels.

CAR ACCIDENTS

Why is it illegal to text and drive? Because driving needs your focus. It’s way too easy to get distracted and have a bad car accident. But you know what you’re like when you’re exhausted. Sleep apnea deprives you of needed rest, so you often have trouble focusing. That can easily lead to an accident while driving.

Call Community Shores Dental today and make an appointment for sleep apnea treatment. Once a sleep study has been done, our dentists have the training that can help you sleep normally and stay focused.

DEPRESSION

Being exhausted all the time is more than just annoying. It can lead to problems with moodiness and irritability. (Remember the last time you stayed up all night? Now try that almost every night.) When these go on long enough, they become a habit and create depression.

Thankfully, you can get help at our Norton Shores, MI dental office. Our dentists partner with local experts to get sleep studies done to determine how best to treat your sleep apnea.

Call us TODAY at 231-366-4182 or use our convenient online form to schedule your next appointment for sleep apnea treatment. Many patients can skip the CPAP machines and get help with a sleep apnea device. You can even get help with loud snoring that’s not sleep apnea.

Give us a call to schedule your appointment
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