Snoring can lead to health issues. Although many individuals who have sleep apnea do snore, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. Sleep apnea in its most common form is simply the interruption of normal breathing patterns during sleep. In the case of obstructive sleep apnea disorder, this is caused by blocked airflow. In the case of central sleep apnea, this is caused by failed signals from the brain that instruct the body to continue breathing as normal.
Although sleep apnea can affect everyone at any age, it is most common in men over 40 years of age. Additional risks for developing sleep apnea include: being overweight, having large tonsils, genetics, deviated septum, allergies, and sinus problems. If you have or are at risk of developing sleep apnea, it is important to seek treatment immediately.
The dangers of sleep apnea vary greatly. Sleep apnea can cause diabetes, ADHD, depression, high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks, and even death. If you or someone you know has sleep apnea, seek out treatment options.
Desert Dental Group can assist those with sleep apnea disorder. If you would like to learn more about sleep apnea, or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Brett M. Barney at our office in Tucson, Arizona, by calling us at (520) 663.0419. Treatment for sleep apnea is available. Contact us today!