I've been diagnosed with sleep apnea. Do I really need to treat it?
Sleep apnea is a very serious condition that requires intervention. If you sleep alone, you may not be all that concerned about the heavy snoring and gasping that is associated with sleep apnea, but if you fail to treat it, you will eventually be bothered by the other symptoms and complications that go along with this condition.
Some of the troublesome symptoms that people with sleep apnea typically experience include:
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Feeling exhausted in the morning
- Dry or sore throat
- Headaches in the morning
- Difficulty focusing throughout the day
- Decreased productivity
- Depression or mood swings
- Slow reflexes
- Increased risk of falling asleep during the day
- Increased risk of vehicular accidents caused by drowsiness at the wheel
Sleep apnea also takes a heavy toll on your cardiovascular system. This condition is linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes. Other health conditions that are linked to sleep apnea include diabetes and weight gain.
Bridgeton dentist Dr. Burgdorf takes the health of his patients seriously. If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea but don’t like the idea of a bothersome CPAP mask, talk to us about a discreet and convenient night guard. You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel when you get a good night’s sleep, free from sleep apnea.