Many people think that snoring is just what they have to deal with, but they’re wrong. Snoring is not just an annoying habit. It can actually be something more serious. Whether you are the one who is snoring, or it is your partner, sleep disruption can lead to health complications. In fact, it can mean that you have sleep apnea. Here is what you need to know if you or your partner snore.

What is Sleep Apnea? 

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that occurs when the person stops breathing momentarily and wakes up abruptly to catch their breath. It can actually occur hundreds of times a night, which can leave you feeling exhausted in the morning. 

If you suffer from sleep apnea, it can be detrimental to your health because of the disruptions in your sleep. It can also increase the risk and development of other health issues, such as type 2 diabetes or heart disease. 

How can it worsen your health? 

Sleep apnea can lead to the development of a variety of conditions that can be life threatening. Be on the lookout for symptoms of sleep apnea in order to prevent the following conditions:

  • Heart disease.
  • Type 2 diabetes.
  • Stroke.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Obesity.

Sleep apnea can also lead to accidents due to sleepiness. With that, it is important that if you do suffer from sleep apnea that you do not take the wheel if you are tired because it can prove to be fatal for you and others. And, while sleep apnea can lead to numerous health problems, the good news is there are very effective treatment options available, such as oral appliance therapy. 

Contact us at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry to learn more about sleep apnea and snoring as well as what treatment options are available to help.