According to Dr. Nataliya Tsar of Tsar Dental Excellence Cosmetic Dentists Palm Beach, sleep apnea should be handled with extreme care. The condition is harmful in many ways and can cause more than disturbances to one’s sleep.
Sleep apnea can contribute to various diseases
People who have obstructive sleep apnea are most likely to have other serious conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Waking up frequently during sleep causes hormonal imbalances which can result in higher blood pressure levels during nighttime. Since oxygen can also get cutoff when the breathing stops, it may even lead to hypertension. Heart attacks during sleep are not unlikely for those with sleep apnea. The irregular flow of oxygen during sleep makes it difficult for the brain to maintain regular blood flow which can result in strokes. About 80% of diabetics are diagnosed with sleep apnea of some sort. It is believed that the lack of sleep can cause a resistance to insulin which can turn into diabetes in time.
Gaining weight can contribute to sleep apnea
Those who are severely overweight have a higher chance of being diagnosed with sleep apnea. Losing enough weight can be difficult but can save a person from the many dangers of sleep apnea. An overweight person may have fat deposits that can block the air passage when lying down. Those with sleep apnea may have a hard time shedding the weight due to sweet and carbohydrate craving, lack of energy and a slower metabolism.
Sleep apnea can cause and be the result of dental problems
Most often, dentists and TMJ dentists find that sleep apnea is caused by various misalignments on the structure of the jaw bones. When the jaw and neck bone structure is misaligned, it can lead to a smaller air passage which can cut off oxygen multiple times when sleeping. Certain conditions such as bruxism are often associated with sleep apnea and can cause severe damage to the teeth if left untreated.
Sleep apnea is also believed to be linked with acid reflux and adult asthma
While no hard evidence has been discovered, it is believed that acid reflux and adult asthma have some kind of a link with sleep apnea. Most asthmatics find that they have fewer attacks when undergoing sleep apnea treatments and many patients complain about heartburn and acid reflux as a result of sleep apnea.