According to some estimates, about 20 million people in the U.S. suffer from sleep apnea but as many as 80 percent of them do not get the disorder treated. There are several problems you may be experiencing that could be caused by this common sleep issue, including:
If this common disorder is disrupting your life, why wait to get the problem addressed? Here are a few more reasons you may want to consider sleep apnea treatment:
This Sleep Problem Contributes to Chronic Illnesses
Heart disease, stroke and diabetes are just a few of the chronic ailments that are known to be associated with this kind of sleep disorder. By making a decision to treat it now, you could do something that contributes to a longer lifespan.
You Can Treat Bothersome Morning Headaches
People with sleep apnea momentarily stop breathing during the night. When that happens, the carbon dioxide levels in the blood go up while the amount of oxygen decreases. The increased carbon dioxide makes blood vessels in the head and brain dilate, which causes vascular headaches that are noticeable upon waking. Because treatment makes people breathe regularly and without interruption, these headaches should go away.
You May Keep Other People Safer
In addition to safeguarding your own well being by treating this sleep disorder, you may also positively impact the safety others. For example, if you have such difficulty sleeping that you never feel rested, you may not be able to drive or operate machinery with an appropriate level of alertness. You might also make mistakes when giving children in your household their prescribed medications.
Clearly, there are numerous compelling reasons to visit the dentist about this sleeping problem. Contact our office today to make an appointment with Dr. Genninger and learn more about your treatment options.