The Dangers of Sleep Apnea

Do you feel groggy or “out of it” during the afternoon? Do you wake up multiple times throughout the night and find it difficult to fall back asleep? Do you snore? If you have any of these symptoms, you could have a dangerous condition called sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea a condition where the soft tissue in the mouth or throat block your airway as you sleep. One common side affect of this condition is snoring, which can be annoying to loved ones. However, that airway blockage causes you to take in less oxygen than normal. Sometimes the airway is blocked entirely, and your body jolts you awake to reinitiate normal breathing. This cycle interrupts your sleep cycle and keeps you from getting the sleep you need. In severe cases, this breathing stoppage causes death due to suffocation. According to Yale University School of Medicine, sleep apnea also contributes to death by stroke.

This condition affects more than just your sleep cycle. Studies from The Danish Institute for Health Services Research and the University of Copenhagen show that those who suffer from sleep apnea also have higher general medical costs than those who do not suffer from the condition. These patients visit the doctor more often and incur medical costs two-to-three times that of healthier people. These additional doctor visits and lack of rest may lead to missed work or the loss of a job altogether.

If you believe you suffer from sleep apnea, the team at Pannu Dental Care can help. Pannu Dental Care has a team of general dentists and dental specialists in Cupertino, San Jose, Fremont, and Dublin, CA, who care about your comfort and standard of living. If you’d like to know more about how we can treat sleep apnea, call the Pannu Dental Care closest to you.

 

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