- January 9, 2018
Our team at the LANAP & Implant Center wants to wish you a great new year. One where you are living your best, healthiest life!
If you’re not getting proper rest each night, being healthy and happy are going to seem out of your reach. What’s more, it could be a sign that you have sleep apnea, which is why we want to make sure you know what it is and how it could be putting your health at risk if you ignore it!
What Your Snoring Might Be Telling You
Sleep apnea is a condition where your airways become blocked while you sleep, causing you to wake up and start breathing again for as much as a hundred or more times a night!
Because this disorder involves pressure and closing around your airway, chronic, loud snoring is often the first symptom people notice.
But if your snoring is, in fact, caused by sleep apnea, you have much more to worry about than just bothersome noise that’s keeping everyone in the house awake every night.
Sleep apnea can have miserable, and even sometimes fatal, consequences.
How Sleep Apnea Endangers Your Health
All of that robs you of needed rest and even oxygen, since you aren’t breathing correctly. Both can lead to some serious health problems.
The Risk Of Depression
Loss of sleep will make the most chipper people among us a little cranky. But when you’re losing sleep each and every night because of breathing issues, you’re at an even higher risk of mood disorders.
Studies have shown a connection between sleep apnea and mood swings, irritability, and chronic depression.
The Risk Of Walking & Eating While Asleep
If you have sleep apnea, you’re already being victimized by restless sleep night after night. But there can be other patterns and behaviors sleep apnea patients claim to be affected by that are risky.
You could also start sleepwalking and eating in your sleep, both of which are potentially dangerous!
The Risk Of Poor Concentration
We live in such a crazy time where we’re always on constant overload. With the variety of responsibilities you have each day, all competing for your attention, it’s hard to concentrate even when you’ve had plenty of sleep.
If you’re not well-rested because of sleep apnea, you risk lapses in concentration that could lead to careless mistakes at work or home.
The Risk Of Accidents
Unless you live in a big city and can walk or take public transportation to get around, you’re likely driving to and from work. If you’re sleep deprived, driving becomes much more dangerous for you and others on the road around you!
Sleep apnea sufferers, since they’re easily distracted because of exhaustion, are at a much higher risk for getting into car accidents.
Not only that, even if you don’t do a lot of driving, you can still have work-related accidents, especially if you work in a dangerous environment where vigilance is paramount to everyone’s safety.
The Risk Of Heart Disease
Anytime your body is deprived of oxygen, your heart will figure out a way to keep you alive. Pumping desperately to get oxygen-filled blood quickly distributed throughout your body, your heart will be working overtime.
But all that strain and effort will be little help for the sleep apnea sufferer because there just isn’t enough oxygen in your blood to compensate for your blocked airways.
All of this stress can lead to heart disease and hypertension, two of the more serious health risks you face if you have sleep apnea.
Schedule Sleep Apnea Treatment
Making sure our patients live well in 2018 is our top resolution for the new year. To do that, we want to give you the knowledge, tools, and support you need to achieve optimum wellness.
One of the ways Dr. DiGiallorenzo and our team at the LANAP & Implant Center is by helping you overcome sleep apnea so you can be rested and refreshed each and everyday.
If you’ve experienced even one of the symptoms you read about it in today’s blog, we urge you to call one of our two Pennsylvania dental offices today to schedule an appointment.
We can customize an oral appliance to help you breathe better and sleep better in 2018. With the Silent Nite appliance, which is nearly as compact as a retainer, your airways will remain open all night long for easy, restful sleep!
If it turns out sleep apnea is threatening your health, we’ll do all we can to help you.
Call the LANAP & Implant Center today at 610-228-4366 for our Collegeville, PA office or 570-505-6908 for our Williamsport location. You can also fill out our convenient online form to request an appointment.