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What Are the Side Effects of Sleep Apnea?


If you have sleep apnea, treating this dangerous condition should be at the top of your list. It has many more dangerous consequences than the loud snoring your bed partner may complain about. The side effects of sleep apnea can cause problems with both your oral and physical health. With such all-encompassing associated concerns, you’ll have all the more reason to seek treatment for this condition!

Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by frequent cessations in breathing that can happen hundreds of times each night. If a bed partner complains that you snore loudly or wake during the night gasping for breath, or you are experiencing any of the following other symptoms, schedule a sleep evaluation right away:

  • Morning headaches
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Moodiness and irritability
  • Poor concentration
  • Forgetfulness

Sleep Apnea and Oral Health

The side effects of sleep apnea on your oral health can range from dry mouth to periodontal (gum) disease. People with sleep apnea often mouth breathe, which is unnatural. Saliva is produced continuously when the mouth is closed and is one of the main defenses against bad bacteria and tooth decay. Breathing through your mouth dries this saliva and makes you more susceptible to cavities, mouth sores, and plaque buildup that causes gum disease.

Sleep Apnea and Physical Health

Perhaps more frightening than the side effects sleep apnea has on oral health is how it can affect your physical health. Those with sleep apnea can't get a full night of restful sleep. Short-term, this affects a person’s mood, energy levels, concentration, weight, and even libido. Long-term, the effects of disrupted sleep and improper oxygen levels can significantly increase the risk for high blood pressure, depression, weight gain, memory issues, heart disease, and at the worst, heart attack and stroke.

Seek Effective Treatment

Modern treatment for sleep apnea is effective and can help you restore a healthy and energized life. Don’t wait to Schedule your Consultation in our Dental Offices in Phoenix, AZ to learn more from our dentists.

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