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The Not-So-Quiet Dangers Of Untreated Sleep Apnea

  • April 7, 2017

If your spouse snores a lot, or if you are the one doing the snoring, this is not something to ignore. Not only are you losing too much sleep, snoring loudly most nights is a big sign of sleep apnea. This condition robs you of the rest your mind and body need each night, which leads to some dangerous conditions

That’s why you need to call our Pennsylvania dentists today at 610-228-4366 for Collegeville, PA and 570-505-6908 for Williamsport, PA, and schedule your appointment for sleep apnea treatment. Our dentists are well trained in helping people get past sleep apnea and finally have a quiet, good night’s rest.

Sleep Apnea Is More Than Snoring

What is sleep apnea? It’s a condition where you stop breathing when you’re asleep. If that sounds bad, that’s because it is.

When you’re sleeping, you stop breathing. This wakes you up as it should, but as soon as you start waking up, you can breathe again. So you never truly wake up and fall back asleep again. But because you keep having problems with breathing (you can do this cycle 200 times each night), you never fall into a restful sleep either. You spend your nights snoring and never getting rest.

There are two types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea is when the throat muscles get so relaxed during sleep that their weight closes the airpipe. Most people with sleep apnea have this version.
  • Central sleep apnea is when the brain stops sending signals to the body to keep breathing during sleep. This is rare.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

How do you know if you have sleep apnea? Often, you need to have a sleep study done. This is a test done in a lab or at home where you spend the night with a device collecting data on how well you sleep. Then the data can pinpoint whether you have sleep apnea or not.

But how do you know to get a sleep study done? The biggest sign of sleep apnea is loud, frequent snoring. Other signs include the following:

  • Waking feeling tired and exhausted
  • Difficulty focusing during the day
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Moodiness and depression

If you have any of these symptoms, call the LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania today. Our dentists can work with you to find a solution that lets you sleep like you should.

Dangers Of Untreated Sleep Apnea

Hey, it’s just some snoring, right? Everybody snores, so this isn’t a big deal. Unfortunately, that’s just not the case. Without sleep apnea treatment, you could be facing some dangerous situations.

HEART DISEASE

Because you don’t breathe right at night, your body starts to get starved for oxygen. There’s still some in your blood, so your heart starts to work much harder trying to move what oxygen you have to all parts of your body. This puts extra stress on your heart when it should be slowing down and resting, leading to heart disease.

HYPERTENSION

When your heart is working hard thanks to sleep apnea, it’s pumping your blood faster and faster through your blood vessels. This puts extra pressure on your arteries and veins, increasing your blood pressure. As with your heart, night is when your blood vessels should be resting, not working harder.

DEPRESSION

Spend one sleepless night, and you can be a bit irritable the next day. With sleep apnea, you’re rarely getting the sleep you need. That means you can be moody and irritable most of the time. Your brain starts to get used to that, and such irritability eventually becomes chronic depression.

AUTO ACCIDENTS

Remember that, when you’re driving a car, you’re in control of a fast-moving, heavy object. Texting while driving is illegal because losing your focus for even just a few minutes can lead to big problems. The same is true when you’re exhausted from sleep apnea. You can’t focus well, which could translate to a bad auto accident when you’re commuting to or from work.

Call us today at our Collegeville, PA dental office (610-228-4366) or our Williamsport, PA dental office (570-505-6908) to schedule your sleep apnea treatment visit. Our dentists can help with using Silent Nite, a small appliance you wear over your teeth at night. You can also get a CPAP machine if your sleep apnea is severe. Either way, you need to get some sleep soon.