What are the risks of untreated sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a breathing-related condition whereby your airways get blocked when you sleep, leading to snoring, poor sleep and difficulty breathing.

In most cases, the partners of sleep apnea sufferers notice the signs and symptoms. If you or your partner show signs, it’s essential to take action right away. When left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can lead to many issues. 

Risks of sleep apnea

Episodes of apnea are pauses in breathing while you sleep. These result in reduced oxygen levels that can affect your overall health, brain function and immune system.

The reduced oxygen supply to the lungs also leads to less oxygen supply to your blood, forcing the heart to work harder to circulate what little oxygen there is. This triggers the release of stress hormones, such as adrenaline, in your body.

Over time, the cardiovascular system becomes overtaxed, resulting in a state of inflammation within your body.

Patients with sleep apnea may experience disturbances in their breathing hundreds of times per night.

The vicious cycle of inflammation

This state of inflammation within the body puts you at a higher risk for the following conditions:

  • ADHD becomes worse
  • Depression and mood swings
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Higher risk of heart failure or worsening of heart failure
  • More likely to develop heart arrhythmias or irregular heartbeat
  • Stroke
  • Obesity
  • Increased risk of work-related or driving accidents
  • Shorter lifespan of 58 years on average (much lower than the average lifespan of 78 years for men and 83 years for women)

From the above, you can see that having chronic inflammation within your body damages arteries, organs, joints, and so much more. If left unchecked, it can increase your risk of developing chronic diseases.

At JJS Dentistry, we are passionate about reducing inflammation in the mouth and the body. We believe that treating a dental problem is no longer enough, and we are dedicated to addressing your health holistically by investigating and addressing the root cause of your oral and overall health issues.

Our goal is to ultimately assist you in boosting your vitality and health so that you can live your best life.

Contact us for a consultation today.

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