Do you snore while you sleep? Do you wake up tired each day and can’t explain why? If so, you could be suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea should be taken seriously, and to help you understand why, our dental expert, Dr. Scott A. Young at Scott A. Young, DDS in Charlotte, North Carolina, has provided you with this information:
First, sleep apnea is a common sleeping disorder that occurs when you are sleeping making your breathing difficult or interrupted as you sleep. The sleeping disorder can happen to anyone, despite their age. However, more adults are more likely to have sleep apnea then children. Oftentimes, it is found in adults over forty or who are overweight. Sleep apnea can also arise in people with a long history of sleep apnea or people with very large tonsils, very small jaws, or large tongues. If you suffer from any nasal obstructions such as a deviated septum, allergies, or any sinus problems, you too can also be at risk for this sleeping disorder.
If sleep apnea is left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to a multitude of problems that could have been avoided. These health conditions include:
-high blood pressure
-heart failure or heart attacks
-worsening of ADHD
These health problems can lead to fatal conditions in many cases, which is why treating your sleep apnea is always necessary.
Our dental team is happy to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have about your sleep apnea and oral health. If you would like to set up an appointment, please call 704-541-5900 today. Our team happily awaits your call.