Sleep Apnea and You: Some Tips From Your Dentist

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If you have a sleep apnea disorder, you should know how important it is to seek help. Sleep apnea is a very dangerous condition that can do serious damage to your health if not treated. Sleep apnea is a condition that occurs when the air passages are blocked during your normal breathing cycles while sleeping. More serious cases of sleep apnea occur when the brain itself is unable to send signals to the body telling it to breathe. Sometimes this disorder is called “central sleep apnea”, and it is caused by brain infections, brain tumors, heart failure, and strokes.

Anyone can have sleep apnea, but cases are most prominent in men over the age of forty. There are also additional risk factors that cause sleep apnea, such as genetics, being overweight, having large tonsils, having a deviated septum, allergies, and also sinus problems. If you have any of these risk factors or sleep apnea, it’s important that you seek treatment for them immediately.

The dangers of apnea may vary from the following conditions: depression, ADHD, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even death. If you or someone you know has sleep apnea, make sure you or they get treatment.

Jerry L. Butler, D.D.S., M.A.G.D is here to help people with sleep apnea in Boone, North Carolina. Make an appointment with Dr. Jerry Butler by calling us at (828) 264-5858 . We will help you rest easy!