How Does Sleep Apnea Impact Our Health?

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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) not only leaves you exhausted by interrupting your ability to sleep multiple times a night, but could also cause serious problems for your overall health! In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist looks at the warning signs of trouble, and why you should seek treatment for your sleep apnea

Short Term Impacts of Sleep Deprivation

Obstructive sleep apnea means that soft tissues in the back of your mouth and in your throat become too relaxed as you sleep, collapsing and blocking airflow. You stop breathing for brief periods until the brain wakes you. While you may not remember waking up, this happens dozens of times an hour, hundreds of times a night for some people. These interruptions to your sleep cycle leave you feeling exhausted the next day. You could also have trouble focusing on tasks at work or school, and could feel irritable and be more likely to fall asleep behind the wheel. Chronic snoring is often reported as a common warning signs as well.

Impacts on Your Immune System and Heart Health

Over time, the constant sleep deprivation due to sleep apnea could mean your immune system is strained, so you’re more likely to become sick. In addition, this disorder is linked to high blood pressure and a greater risk of heart disease. For some, this also elevates the chances of a heart attack or stroke in later years. Lack of sleep is also linked to depression as well.

Treatment Options

If you experience any of the warning signs we described above, then contact our team. We will perform a detailed exam and discuss your daily habits to find out if you need treatment for OSA. If so, then we will likely take detailed impressions of your smile, using the images gathered to create an oral appliance. Worn as you sleep, the device actually moves the jaw forward to help prevent the collapse of soft tissues, preventing interruptions to your sleep and allowing you to finally get the rest you need to function during the day. We could also discuss positive changes to your sleep routine, such as going to bed and waking up at the same times, resting on your side, and avoiding caffeine and alcohol before bed. If you have any questions about identifying and treating sleep apnea, then please contact our team today to learn more.

Do You Have Questions About OSA?

Don’t let your poor rest lead to serious problems for your overall health. If you want to learn more about putting a stop to chronic snoring and OSA, then contact Dr. Ivan Lapidus in Los Angeles, CA, by calling (310) 446-4867. We’re proud to serve residents of the San Luis Obispo area!