What Are the Dangers of Sleep Apnea?

If you believe that you or a loved one may be suffering from sleep apnea, make sure they go in to get properly diagnosed from their physician. This is not an ailment to take lightly, as there are some serious dangers that can arise from this condition. Here are a few of the most common dangers that sufferers of sleep apnea often notice.

Common Dangers of Sleep Apnea

When you suffer from sleep apnea, you are likely going to face a few physical consequences. One of the most common dangers is getting higher blood pressure from it. This is due to the struggles your body is going through when it is trying to function properly. You can also face gaining weight, asthma developing as an adult, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and acid reflux. With your body struggling to breathe on a nightly basis, another danger is falling asleep during regular activities. This can come with an increased risk of problems driving, especially should you happen to fall asleep while behind the wheel. At that point, you’re a danger not only to yourself, but also to everyone on the road around you.

Rare Dangers of Sleep Apnea

While some dangers may be commonplace, sleep apnea also has a few rarer dangers. The biggest danger to worry about is stopping breathing during your sleep, never to wake again. While death by sleep apnea is very rare, the struggles that come from night after night of restless sleep can seem to get quite overwhelming if the condition goes untreated. The longer this condition goes without proper treatment, the more likely you are to suffer all day and all night long.

If you think you may suffer from sleep apnea, call your doctor and see how soon he or she could get you in. They will likely ask you a bunch of questions and have you do a sleep study if you answer those questions in a way that makes them concerned. Once they have the results of your sleep study, they will be able to go over what they found with you and decide what your method of treatment should be.

If you think you need to be seen for potential sleep apnea, call Progressive Dental Care Center today, and let us help get you seen.


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