Did you know snoring can indicate health issues? Snoring could be a sign that you suffer from sleep apnea, which happens when normal breathing patterns are disrupted during sleep. With obstructive sleep apnea disorder, airflow is blocked during sleep. With central sleep apnea disorder, the brain has a problem sending signals to the body instructing it to breathe. If you do suffer from sleep apnea, there is good news, as it is treatable.
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.
Our dentist can assist those with sleep apnea disorder. If you would like to learn more about sleep apnea, or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Andrew W Henritze, DDS at our office in Roanoke, Virginia, by calling us at (540) 989-6600. Treatment for sleep apnea is available. Contact us today!