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Sleep Apnea Risks If Left Untreated

Sleep Apnea Risks If Left Untreated
Sleep Apnea is a very serious health condition that can have a very major impact on anyone affected by it but if it is left untreated it has risks that can impact your overall health. Risks like being tired, heart disease, high blood pressure, and your oral health.


Tiredness
Sleep Apnea causes you to have interruptions in your sleep. In turn because your natural sleep cycle is constantly being disrupted, you’ll be more tired during your waking hours.


Heart Disease
If your sleep apnea is left untreated then it can eventually affect the circulatory system which can lead to heart disease. When you are experiencing sleep apnea your oxygen levels in blood begin to decrease which shocks your circulatory system constricting blood vessels. This can overtime lead to constricted blood vessels leading to clotting arteries.


Blood Pressure
If your blood vessels are contracting during a sleep apnea episode then your blood pressure can rise. This is because not enough oxygenated blood is able to reach your brain. Also, even after the sleep apnea event is over your blood pressure could still remain elevated throughout the day which can increase your risk of a heart attack.


Oral Health
Sleep Apnea can have a very major impact on your oral health if left untreated. This is because a person suffering from sleep apnea is more likely to grind their teeth, and they are more likely to sleep with their mouth open leading to dry mouth. If you feel as though you may be suffering from sleep apnea contact us to make an appointment.

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