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What Happens if Sleep Apnea is Not Treated

Posted on 9/10/2021 by San Tan Oral Surgery
What Happens if Sleep Apnea is Not TreatedSleep apnea that remains untreated is likely to cause serious health problems. This disorder is common, especially among males above 40 years of age who are overweight. Different kinds of sleep apnea exist, including obstructive sleep apnea, which is the common one. Obstructive sleep apnea happens when muscles of the throat relax and collapse while sleeping, causing blockage of the airway. Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain fails to relay proper signals to muscles controlling breathing. Complex sleep apnea is a rare form of the disorder and occurs when a person has both obstructive and central sleep apnea.

Problems with Sleep Apnea

If you do not get treatment for sleep apnea, you may be at risk of suffering serious health conditions such as high blood pressure or heart disease. With repeated sleep disruptions, a person may begin to experience high blood pressure and could suffer heart disease, including a heart attack. The sudden drops in oxygen levels in the blood are linked to heart problems arising from sleep apnea. When you stop breathing during sleep, it strains your cardiovascular system because of the drop in blood oxygen.

Other conditions that may develop as a result of untreated sleep apnea are type-2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. People with sleep apnea that remains untreated have an increased chance of suffering from insulin resistance as well as type-2 diabetes.

Signs of Sleep Apnea

People with this disorder will have signs such as loud snoring, insomnia, daytime drowsiness, gasping for air while sleeping, waking up with a dry mouth or a morning headache, and stopping breathing repeatedly at night or during sleep. If you have sleep apnea, visit our oral & maxillofacial specialists at our dental office for diagnosis and treatment. Our oral & facial surgery team is committed to helping patients live better lives by addressing conditions such as sleep apnea.

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