If you or someone you know snores loudly and/or gasps for air in their sleep, it may be a sign of sleep apnea. Side effects that also might indicate you are suffering from this condition include fatigue, anxiety, stress, depression, mood swings, and mental impairment/memory loss. Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition in which a person actually stops breathing in their sleep. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) can cause significant health risks, including sudden cardiac death, and should be treated as soon as possible.
At Contemporary and Esthetic Dentistry, we can help alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnea by creating a customized oral sleep appliance. However, this might not be the appropriate treatment method for everyone. After an assessment with cosmetic and sedation dentist Dr. Marianna Farber, you may be referred to eOs Sleep, a sleep center in New York City, if she suspects you have sleep apnea. After a sleep study has been conducted, a physician should be able to evaluate the results to decide if you suffer from sleep apnea. Once diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. Farber can work with your diagnosing physician to come up with an appropriate treatment plan. If needed, Dr. Farber may recommend further treatment at eOs Sleep. If you think you might have sleep apnea, please contact us today for more information, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Farber.
Why Sleep Apnea Should be Treated
Sleep apnea deprives your body of oxygen as you experience brief or extended breathing pauses as you sleep – up to 10 seconds or more, in some cases. Due to this lack of oxygen, many health risks can arise as a side effect of sleep apnea. These issues can include:
- Memory loss
- Weight gain
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Decreased sex drive
- Gastric reflux
- Erectile dysfunction
- Sudden cardiac death
Most people are not aware they have sleep apnea; the symptoms are often noticed by a loved one. The health risks associated with sleep apnea are very serious. If you or someone you know might be suffering from this condition, it is very important to have a sleep study conducted as soon as possible.
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For more information about sleep apnea, or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.