Dangers of Treating Sleep Apnea without Training

Sleep apnea is a very dangerous disorder and must be treated by someone with professional knowledge on the issue.  If you or a loved one may be suffering from sleep apnea then it is extremely important that the proper testing is done.  By treating symptoms without treating the disorder you are placing yourself or your love one in danger of worsening the condition or possibly death.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

One of the most obvious signs of sleep apnea is snoring.  About half of the people who snore just snore.  The other half of people may suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.  If left untreated, this disorder can cause several severe health conditions, worsen existing conditions and even result in death.

It is important to understand what snoring can mean for you or your loved ones.  Snoring is caused when the muscles of the throat relax to the point of partially blocking the airway.  This tissue vibrates as you breathe which causes the snoring sound.  Lifestyle factors such as weight and drug and alcohol consumption can also influence snoring.

Loud and frequent snoring can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea.  This disorder can cause you to stop breathing for anywhere from a few seconds up to a minute or more.  If you or your partner notices frequent, loud snoring in combination with gaps in breathing, gasping or choking while asleep, restless nights and excessive headaches and tiredness during the day, then there is a good chance this could mean obstructive sleep apnea.

Why You Should See a Doctor

It is very important that anyone suffering from these symptoms be evaluated for obstructive sleep apnea.  By ignoring the condition or treating it yourself you are putting yourself at risk for developing a number of other conditions.  The repetitive and sudden drops in oxygen can cause high blood pressure as well as heart problems.  Other complications resulting from this disorder include liver problems, complications when undergoing general anesthesia, daytime fatigue and even death.

Only someone that specializes in obstructive sleep apnea should treat you for this condition.  By seeking treatment from someone who is not trained to treat this disorder you could be putting your life at risk.

If you have any questions about sleep apnea treatments please call us at Progressive Dental Care Center.

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