Top 5 Health Dangers of Sleep Apnea You Need to Know About

health dangers of sleep apneaAside from snoring or not getting a good night’s rest, there are real health dangers of sleep apnea that sufferers of the condition must consider. Sleep apnea can cause headaches and worn, broken teeth, but it’s also a serious and debilitating condition that could impact your life.

If you or someone you know is still suffering from sleep apnea, it’s time to talk about options other than a CPAP, so that you can avoid these serious potential health problems associated with sleeping disorders:

Stroke: The “Brain Attack”

A stroke occurs when oxygen is cut off to the brain, causing cells to die. According to the National Stroke Association, up to 80% of strokes are preventable. Serious conditions like sleep apnea or sleep disordered breathing can increase your risk of suffering from these serious and life-threatening attacks.

Watch Out for High Blood Pressure, Heart, and Cardiac Issues

The American Heart Association says that along with obesity, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. Like stroke, cardiovascular problems can develop due to lack of oxygen flow to the heart. This can greatly increase your risk of spiraling into serious conditions that increase your possibility of suffering from a heart attack or high blood pressure.

Addressing how well you can breathe at night can reduce the strain on your cardiovascular system, increase oxygen flow to the rest of your body, and help you enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

Unmanaged Symptoms of Diabetes

Did you know that sleep apnea can affect your ability to control your blood glucose levels? If you’re suffering from type II diabetes, you should talk to your endocrinologist about whether or not you also exhibit symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. When you sleep better, it can make it easier for you to manage your diabetes!

Depression and Chronic Fatigue

It’s natural to understand how not getting quality sleep can make you feel tired when you finally get out of bed in the morning. This can even impact your mood and everyday demeanor (especially when your blood sugar levels are unregulated). While therapy or medication may be necessary, it’s important to evaluate your quality of sleep each night and take that into consideration when treating certain forms of depression. The last thing you want is to fall asleep at the wheel on your way home from work, causing a fatal automobile accident.

How a Dentist Could Help

Some forms of sleeping disorders (such as obstructive sleep apnea) can be managed by wearing a mouthpiece that opens your airway, naturally increasing oxygen flow as you lay down in bed at night.

Have you been diagnosed with sleep apnea or are you struggling to use a CPAP machine without any success? If you live in Southern California and would like to explore other options for sleep apnea treatment in Ventura. We can provide a customized oral sleep appliance that can help you get a better night’s rest without bulky, bothersome, or noisy CPAP equipment. Contact us today to find out more!


Are you ready to talk to someone about you or someone you know and sleep apnea? Schedule an appointment with Ventura California dentist Dr. David Satnick, DDS, or for more information call 805.639.3050 now!

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