What Health Issues Can Result From Long Term Sleep Apnea?

02.01.2019 | Snoring Problems

What Health Issues Can Result From Long Term Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where breathing stops and starts repeatedly while you are sleeping. If you or your partner always feel tired, snore loudly, or suffer from constant interrupted sleep, then you may have sleep apnea, and should seek professional help.

Common symptoms of sleep apnea:

  • Snoring loudly
  • Your breathing stops during sleep
  • Gasping for air while sleeping
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Difficulty staying alert

Treatment for sleep apnea can help these symptoms to go away, as well as prevent any future, more serious health conditions. If sleep apnea is left untreated complications may develop over time.

There are three types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea – the muscles in your throat relax leaving soft tissue hanging. This causes your airway to narrow or close and air cannot pass through.
  • Central sleep apnea – your brain does not send the correct signals to your breathing muscles, and this causes you to make no effort to breathe for a short period of time.
  • Complex sleep apnea syndrome – this is when a person has both obstruction and central sleep apnea.

If sleep apnea is left untreated long term, many serious health issues can develop. You do not want to ignore sleep apnea symptoms. A simple appointment at Laser Dental Care may help you determine if you suffer from sleep apnea. Our team could help you on the road to solve your sleep issues, and go over possible treatment methods available.

Long term sleep apnea health issues:

  • High blood pressure or heart issues
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Complications with medications taken or surgery
  • Liver problems
  • Depression
  • GERD
  • Decreased quality of life

Sleep apnea should not be ignored. If you are experiencing any symptoms of sleep apnea, you should make an appointment to seek professional care right away. Leaving sleep apnea unattended can cause harm to your body, and long term damage.

We also offer our state of the art NightLase laser treatment. NightLase is a quick and effective treatment to alter the oral mucosa tissue in the throat. This opens up the airway, and provides a permanent solution to snoring and sleep apnea. The procedure is non-invasive, and pain and recovery are minimal. NightLase provides patients benefits such as better quality of life, immediate reduction in snoring after one treatment, and uninterrupted sleep.

Call or email Snoring Laser Care today and see how we can help you get closer to being sleep apnea free.

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