Sleep apnea is a major and serious condition that affects millions of people in the United States alone, yet many cases are left untreated. Perhaps you are unaware that your restless sleep or snoring is a result of sleep apnea, and you set it aside as just something that happens. No matter the reason, if you experience any symptoms of sleep apnea, it is important to receive proper treatment. If left untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to additional health conditions, many of which can be harmful to your overall health.

There are two main types of sleep apnea. Obstructed sleep apnea is caused by the collapse of soft tissue in the throat, resulting in a blocked airway. Central sleep apnea is not a result of a blocked airway; instead, the brain simply fails to signal the rest of the body to breathe properly. With either type of sleep apnea, regular breathing is disrupted, as well as routine sleeping patterns. Both regular breathing and sleep are vital to maintaining good overall health, which means that untreated sleep apnea could end up wreaking havoc on your health.

Untreated sleep apnea can lead to several other medical conditions. Some of the most common include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Weight gain
  • Accidents caused to excessive drowsiness
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Memory problems

There are many other conditions that sleep apnea can contribute to if left untreated. Fortunately, there are treatments for sleep apnea, and our dentists at Artistry in Dentistry are trained and experienced to help those who have sleep apnea, especially obstructive sleep apnea. When you visit our practice, Dr. Sullivan and Dr. Monahan can evaluate your condition and help you know which sleep apnea treatment is right for you.

If you think that you are suffering from sleep apnea in Gilbert, Arizona, do not wait to set up your examination. Contact our office today at 480-374-5562 and start your journey towards a better night’s sleep and a better you.

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