Millions of Americans live with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a sleep disorder that can sound a lot like snoring. Many of the people that are living with it are not diagnosed, and even of those that have had it diagnosed, fewer actually treat it. Treating sleep apnea is important for your health. Sleep apnea can be dangerous because it increases your risk for stroke, heart disease, and more. The longer the condition goes unchecked, the higher the health risks. Your dentist in Mansfield, Texas can help you determine if your snoring could be obstructive sleep apnea and help you to treat it.
#1: Your Head
Even if you think you were asleep for a full eight hours, if you live sleep apnea, it is unlikely those eight hours were very restful. The obstructions in breathing that happen with OSA can disrupt your sleep cycle so often that you never fully reach regenerative sleep. You may not remember the disruption, but your body and your brain will. You will probably wake up feeling groggy and unrested. Drowsiness can be dangerous when driving, but it can also be disruptive to your work or studies. Treating OSA can help make sure your body is reaching the deep sleep it needs.
#2: Your Heart
As stated above, OSA can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and more. Sleep apnea is when the tissues in your mouth and throat collapse to block your airway. In a matter of moments, your bloodstream can receive less oxygen, and your body can panic. Over time, your body can start regulating your blood pressure differently to account for the lack of oxygen. This can cause high blood pressure, which can increase your risks of health problems.
#3: Your Happiness
Not sleeping well can affect your mood and relationships. Snoring loudly can certainly affect your relationship with your spouse or loved one.
Your dentist can help you treat sleep apnea
If sleep apnea is affecting your life, it is time to treat it. To schedule a consultation with Mansfield Dental Associates in Mansfield, TX, call 817-473-6227. We proudly welcome patients from Mansfield and the surrounding areas, including South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian, and more.