Sleep apnea is a very serious condition that should be treated immediately if you have it in order to avoid serious health risks. Sleep apnea is a type of disorder that affects a person during their sleep by disrupting their normal breathing patterns. This disruption occurs due to either blocked air passageways or, in more severe cases, because the body isn’t receiving signals from the brain telling it to breathe. The latter instances are also called central sleep apnea. Brain infections, brain tumors, heart failure, proceed central sleep apnea.
In general anyone can have sleep apnea, but usually cases of it are found in men over forty. There are also certain health factors that put people at risk for sleep apnea. Such factors are having a deviated septum, being overweight, genetics, large tonsils, sinus problems, and allergies. If you have any of those things, please get treatment for them.
There are various known health risks to having sleep apnea. Things such as high blood pressure, ADHD, depression, diabetes, strokes, heart attacks, and death have been caused by sleep apnea. This is why it’s important if you or a loved one have sleep apnea to seek treatment for it immediately.
Sarah E. Frye, DDS PA in Lexington, North Carolina is here to help you with all of your sleep apnea needs. Please call us today at 336.248.5057 to set up an appointment with Dr. Sarah Frye.