sleep apnea affects health

Learn how Sleep Apnea Affects your Health

Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village, CA

sleep apnea affects healthDo your loved ones complain that your loud and constant snoring keeps them up all night? Do you find yourself waking up with a dry mouth, frequent headaches, or a general feeling of lethargy? These are all warning signs of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea isn’t just a condition that makes you a little louder at night. It is actually a serious condition that can threaten your health and well-being. Dr. Kathleen Carson of Integrative Dental Arts want to help improve your health and your relationship by helping you see all the reasons you should get tested for obstructive sleep apnea today.

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (also known as OSA) is a condition that occurs when your airway becomes blocked during sleep, disrupting or totally interrupting breathing. In most cases of sleep apnea, the soft tissues of your airway relax so much they collapse into the throat and block your airway. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common kind of sleep apnea. It can affect any person of any age—from young children to senior citizens, even athletes. However, it is more common in men and women who are overweight and over the age of 40. It is also likely to affect people who suffer from GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) or nasal obstructions (deviated septum, allergies, etc). The symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea to look out for include excessively loud snoring, gasping or choking for air during sleep, frequently waking up with a sore throat, regularly-occurring morning headaches, irregular breathing, low energy or feeling tired, and subpar overall health.

Here’s how sleep apnea can make you less healthy 

A sore throat and snoring may not appear to be serious symptoms, but obstructive sleep apnea can make you more vulnerable to several very serious health conditions. If you are chronically deprived of oxygen in your sleep, your major organs lose their ability to function at their best. Low blood oxygenation levels is a detrimental side effect of OSA and can also lead to high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and heart failure. Beyond the organ-threatening physical effects, there are also cognitive effects. Sleep apnea causes your brain to wakeup during the night, although you may not ever remember doing so. With your quality of sleep declining, your cognitive function quickly will follow suit. This can lead to memory problems, depression, anxiety, and concentration issues. Patients with severe sleep apnea also might be at risk for microsleep periods. Microsleep is when you begin to fall into a sleep cycle during repetitive tasks. If this occurs while you’re driving, it could be extremely dangerous.

Treatment for sleep apnea in Agoura Hills, Westlake Village

Treating sleep apnea doesn’t have to mean that you have to rely on a CPAP machine. Instead, Integrative Dental Arts offers alternative sleep apnea treatment in Agoura Hills. Our mandibular advancement devices, also referred to as oral appliances, can help reposition your lower jaw to the proper occlusion so that you can breathe all night long.

Sleep apnea is no joke. Now that you know the dangers of this condition, you need to get tested as soon as possible if you are showing any of the above symptoms. This condition threatens your cognitive function and overall health. Don’t keep jeopardizing your health, your rest, or your partner’s peace of mind any longer. Contact Integrative Dental Arts today at (818) 889-0400 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kathleen Carson to help treat your sleep apnea if you live in Agoura Hills and Westlake Village in southern California.