Risky Business: Hidden Dangers of Sleep Apnea

We’ve discussed the symptoms of sleep apnea and the importance of getting a free consultation to see how you should move forward in treating your sleep apnea. But there are some major side effects that may come with obstructive sleep apnea. This may be harsh, but it needs to be said.

  • Heart Disease: Disrupted oxygen flow makes it difficult for your body to regulate blood flow. Low oxygen and stress make having heart attacks more likely.
  • High Blood Pressure: Frequent nighttime awakenings cause hormonal systems to go into overdrive, resulting in increased blood pressure.
  • Weight-Gain: Being overweight causes fat deposits that block breathing at night. In turn, sleep apnea impairs the body, causing the release of a certain hormone, which makes you crave carbs and sweets.
  • Stroke: People with sleep apnea have an increased risk of having a stroke. Stroke is more common in women than in men, but still something to be aware of regardless of gender.

Diagram of normal airway vs. obstructive sleep apnea

This severely impacts your health. If you think you might need to be seen about this issue, please schedule a free consultation with Vaca & Kirby Dental Group. We’re your trusted dentist in Longview TX.

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