Sleep Apnea Risks
Snoring can be a sign of a serious sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, affects an estimated nine percent of men and four percent of women. Those with sleep apnea often snore loudly or habitually, and their snoring is punctuated by pauses in breathing, followed by gasps or choking as they begin to breathe again. The repeated pauses in breathing put a heavy strain on the cardiovascular system, while the repeated partial waking prevents you from getting a good night’s sleep. This increases your risk of several serious problems. Getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step in getting the treatment you need and managing the risks associated with sleep apnea. Dr. Radfar can help.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Symptoms of sleep apnea can mirror other conditions and be easily missed altogether. They often include:
• Loud snoring
• Breathing cessation during sleep or pauses in snoring
• Abruptly awakening at night feeling short of breath, or as though you are choking or gasping
• Waking in the morning with a headache, dry mouth, or sore throat
• Irritability, moodiness, or depression
• Excessive daytime sleepiness
• Attention deficits
• High blood pressure
If your snoring is loud enough to interfere with your sleep or your partner’s sleep, you are so tired that you are falling asleep at inappropriate times during the day, or you have other symptoms of sleep apnea, it is time to contact Dr. Radfar and our team to schedule an evaluation.
Sleep Apnea Health Consequences
OSA that goes untreated can have serious health consequences. Sleep apnea has been linked to obesity, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and dementia. Those with sleep apnea are even more likely to have car and workplace accidents than those who do not have sleep apnea. An estimated one hundred Americans die every day as a result of sleep apnea-related health problems.
Treatment is available and can help relieve your symptoms, enable you to get a good night’s sleep, and reduce the associated risks. Call us today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Radfar, our sleep apnea dentist.