Who doesn’t like catching some zzzs? If those zs indicate actual snoring, you probably shouldn’t. Sure, everyone snores at one time or another, but chronic, consistent snoring could be a sign of something much more serious. If your bed partner or someone you sleep close to has mentioned that you snore, especially if you gasp and choke during a snoring episode, please talk to us right away.
Sleep apnea is not just snoring. The most dangerous aspect of sleep apnea is when the snoring noises stop–and along with them your breathing! Some people with sleep apnea stop breathing hundreds of times a night!
Here’s the thing: Many people, even right here in Bend, suffer from sleep apnea and never know it. Even if they have bed partners who hear them snore, the fact that something even more serious is happening may not come to light. And that’s a major cause for concern here at Ponderosa Dental Center. It’s why we have invested in training to offer sleep apnea treatment right here in Bend.
Sleep apnea can be life-threatening, and has been linked to:
- Weakened immune system
- Acid reflux
- Low blood oxygen levels
- Excessive daytime sleepiness or fatigue
- High blood pressure
- Strokes, including silent or mini-strokes
- Irregular heartbeat
- Heart attacks and heart failure
- Worsening ADHD
- Mood disorders
- Acid reflux
- Weight gain
- Aggravated fibromyalgia
- Tooth damage
Clearly, sleep apnea is nothing to ignore!