What are the Risks of Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea can be the cause or a contributing factor to:
- Weight gain not explained by poor diet or lack of exercise
- Anxiety, irritability, depression, and other mood disturbances
- Not feeling rested when you wake up in the morning and feeling tired during daytime hours
- Morning headaches
- Difficulty concentrating
Some of the risk factors include obesity, previous damage to the nose or throat, or those who snore heavily for other reasons are at higher risk of developing this condition. Sleep apnea can be especially problematic for those with certain medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and a previous stroke.
Current medical treatments don’t work for everyone.
Sleep doctors typically prescribe a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) mask that patients wear to force oxygen into the nose to keep breathing consistent throughout the night. The downside to a CPAP machine is that it is cumbersome and noisy, often hindering the sleep of the wearer or their partner.
We can help you find a more effective and comfortable solution, such as a mandibular advancement device or a soft tissue repositioning oral appliance. Please call us today to schedule your sleep apnea consultation.
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