The answer is - yes! Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that contributes to other health concerns and can even cause fatal heart failure.
If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, your airways are blocked and can cause you to snore loudly and wake up periodically throughout the night. People with severe sleep apnea may wake hundreds of times during the night without realizing it. This takes a toll on your body and can contribute to health problems, such as:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Moodiness, anxiety, and depression
- High blood pressure
- Heart failure
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Weight gain
- Chronic fatigue
If it's left untreated, sleep apnea increases your risk of heart attack and stroke.
Your holistic dentist in Charlotte, NC, Dr. Heather Gentry, has training in helping patients diagnose and treat sleep apnea. We screen patients for sleep apnea just as we do for oral cancer since the condition is prevalent and dangerous for your health.
Dr. Gentry can diagnose sleep apnea with a home sleep study that is easier and less expensive to complete than going to a sleep center. She's also trained to help patients manage their sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy.
Contact your Barclay Downs dentist at (704) 554-1007 for more information about sleep apnea treatment.