What Are the Risks of Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea

Recent studies show as many as 18 million Americans experience sleep apnea, a serious condition in which an individual experiences breathing stoppages, or pauses, during the night. This disorder is much more than simply a snoring problem—it can lead to a wide range of health concerns. If you or a loved one has or may have sleep apnea, you should talk to one of our experienced dentists at Dental Professionals of Fair Lawn. We’re here to help patients affected by sleep apnea achieve a better night’s sleep and improved well-being.

In addition to poor sleep, sleep apnea can lead to systemic issues that affect your whole health. Sleep is when your brain organizes information you accumulated throughout the day and the moments you’ve experienced. As a result, sleep disrupted by sleep apnea can lead to temporary or even permanent memory loss. Serious physical conditions can also develop, including:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Heart attack
  • Sudden cardiac death
  • Stress, anxiety, and/or depression
  • Weight gain and obesity
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Stroke

Sleep apnea can be a life-threatening condition if it’s not treated, depending on the length of the breathing pauses and how often they occur. Sometimes snoring is just snoring, but many times this noise indicates something more serious is happening. And it’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you or someone you love may have sleep apnea, talk to someone today.