How Sleep Apnea Is Affecting Your Health

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Dental Arts Group Voorhees
By: Hailey Wynne
Reviewed by: Dr. Gregory Strait
How Sleep Apnea Is Affecting Your Health

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sleep Apnea is a condition in which one’s breathing pauses/stops when sleeping. These interruptions cause the body to wake up, thus affecting the quality of sleep. Not only does this leave one feeling unrested and sleepy, but it can also lead to a  list of other problems directly affecting overall health and quality of life.
Effects on the Body:
Untreated sleep apnea can contribute to:

  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Memory Loss/Confusion
  • Acid Reflux
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Breathing Troubles
  • Liver problems
  • Heart Problems
  • Low Blood Oxygen Levels
  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Sugar Levels
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Dry mouth
  • Weight Issues
  • Decreased Sexual Desire

The Hidden Danger:

Sleep apnea disrupts your sleep and your spouse/partner’s sleep. Sleep apnea is not just accompanied by loud snoring and feeling sleepy during the day. Sleep apnea comes with a  whole assortment of potentially life-threatening health issues that are not partial to one type of person. There are roughly 22 million Americans with Sleep Apnea, with roughly 80% of those cases undiagnosed. Undiagnosed and untreated Sleep Apnea is life-threatening.
If you would like to know more, contact our office at (856)770-1660 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Strait. As a qualified dentist and member of the American Academy of  Dental Sleep Medicine, we cannot wait to show you how we can help you get healthy and add years onto your life.

 

References:
https://www.healthline.com/health/sleep-apnea/effects-on-bod y