What Sleep Apnea Can Do to You

Learn more about sleep apnea from your Kansas City dentist.

Sleep apnea is a serious, potentially life-threatening disorder that occurs when an individual’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. Dr. Guy Deyton at Deyton Dentistry in Kansas City, MO offers state-of-the-art treatments for sleep apnea. Read on to learn about the hidden dangers of sleep apnea.

1. Sleep apnea may be deadly.

There is evidence that individuals with moderate to severe severe sleep apnea die prematurely. There is strong evidence that individuals with moderate to severe sleep apnea may be three times more likely to die early, and the risk increases if the disorder is left untreated.

2. Sleep apnea causes accidents.

Individuals with sleep apnea are at least four times more likely to have a car accident than others. Your broken night’s sleep leads to less concentration and more chance of falling asleep behind the wheel. If your job involves operating machinery, the risk of accidents also becomes high.

3. Sleep apnea affects families.

Sleep apnea can have a major impact on family and friends. Loud snoring can keep your spouse awake. Some individuals try to stay awake to make sure their spouse with sleep apnea starts breathing again each time they stop. Your lack of sleep can also put a huge strain on your relationships.

4. Sleep apnea affects your health.

If you’re suffering from sleep apnea, you should take action now. Individuals who do not seek treatment for this sleep disorder may increase their risk for high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack and heart disease. Sleep apnea also takes a toll on brain function and it can lead to brain damage.

5. Sleep apnea can cause weight gain.

Sleep apnea makes it harder to slim down. This condition can make your body release more of the hormone ghrelin, which makes you crave sweets and carbs. And when you are exhausted all the time, you might not be able to turn the foods you eat into energy as efficiently, which can also make you gain weight.

The good news? Sleep apnea is entirely treatable! This sleep disorder is treated with lifestyle changes, breathing devices, mouthpieces and CPAP treatment. Don’t take risks with your health. Call Deyton Dentistry in Kansas City, MO at (816) 587-6444 today to schedule an appointment. Remember that incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control.

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