Sleep apnea is a medical condition that can lead to serious consequences when left untreated. It occurs due to an obstruction in the airway that causes the patient to stop breathing several times while sleeping each night.
Loud snoring is a major symptom of sleep apnea. Additional signs of sleep apnea include daytime sleepiness, depression, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and morning headaches.
If you notice these symptoms in yourself or someone you love, call 408-549-1591 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Yemoto. He’ll make sure you get the right diagnosis and treatment for your sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea is Linked to Serious Health Issues
Sleep apnea causes a significant reduction in the oxygen level in the patient’s bloodstream. Over time, this will result in serious health consequences — people who struggle with untreated sleep apnea are much more likely to suffer from strokes, heart attacks, and other life-threatening medical problems.
Researchers are discovering additional links between sleep apnea and hazardous medical issues every day. For example, Donna Arnett, chair and professor of epidemiology at the Alabama University School of Public Health, says that there’s “very strong evidence for the relationship between sleep apnea and hypertension and heart disease.”
Additional health issues that are intensified by sleep apnea include:
- High blood pressure
- Acid reflux
- Reduced libido
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Many of our patients find oral appliances to be a convenient and easy-to-use alternative to their loud and restrictive CPAP machine.
Dr. Yemoto is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He’s completed advanced postgraduate training on sleep medicine, and he’s ready to help you overcome your sleep apnea.