Is Sleep Apnea Dangerous?
Sleep apnea is considered a serious medical problem. If left untreated, it can lead to high blood pressure and an increased risk for heart failure and stroke. The ongoing state of fatigue caused by sleep apnea may lead to problems at school or work as well as danger when driving or operating heavy machinery. Sleep apnea can also cause complications with medications or surgery.
Sleep Apnea vs. An Open Airway
Sleep apnea can occur at any age and in any gender. Click on the thumbnails below to view the difference between patients with obstructive sleep apnea and an open airway.
How is Sleep Apnea Treated?
Sleep apnea treatments vary depending on the severity of each patient’s case and the type of apnea involved. Basic treatments may simply be behavioral and include losing weight, smoking cessation, or sleeping on the side rather than the back. If basic sleep apnea treatments fail to work, however, oral devices can be used to position the mouth in such a way that it prevents throat blockage. In severe cases, surgery is often the best option for sleep apnea treatment.
Sleep apnea is a very serious condition that can have harmful effects on your health. Call us today to schedule your consultation if you are noticing any of the signs of sleep apnea.