Is sleep apnea dangerous?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be very dangerous and possibly life-threatening. When you suffer from OSA, your airway becomes obstructed while during deep sleep. This can cause you to actually stop breathing, and you may wake up many times during the night as your body struggles to get enough oxygen. For some patients, this can occur hundreds of times in one night. The result is that your blood oxygen levels become dangerously low.

Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea are irritating, and can significantly impact your life. Since you are basically suffering from a form of sleep deprivation, you may experience exhaustion, stress, irritation, and an inability to concentrate during the day. Loud and persistent snoring is a very common symptom of OSA. You may not even be aware of it, but your partner will most likely be impacted significantly.

As debilitating as these symptoms are, obstructive sleep apnea can lead to serious long-term health issues like high blood pressure and heart disease. If you are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea, contact your physician. Childs and Childs Dentistry will work with your doctor by getting you referred to us for a sleep study with one of our medical colleagues. We will evaluate if you are a candidate for a simple oral appliance that we create to eliminate the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.