Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Loud Snoring
It’s commonly known that sleep apnea, if left untreated, can cause serious health issues such as heart disease and stroke. What most people don’t know is this sleep disorder can increase your risk of diabetes and only make it worse for people who already suffer from the disease. Do you or your loved one suffer from sleep apnea? If so, the following information could help protect you from further health problems.
With over 30 million Americans living with diabetes and 84.1 million with prediabetes, it’s important to recognize the symptoms of both sleep apnea and diabetes and treat them early on, before they progress.
The Common Link
The risk of sleep apnea and diabetes are both greatly increased by obesity. It can cause stress on tissues around the neck causing them to collapse and block airways, which cause you to wake up gasping for air continually through the night. Coupled with poor quality sleep that lowers glucose tolerance and increases insulin resistance, you have a perfect storm where sleep apnea exacerbates diabetes in patients suffering from the disease.
Treat Sleep Apnea, Treat Diabetes
If you or a loved one suffer from sleep apnea, it’s important that you know the health risks of leaving it untreated. Sleep apnea symptoms include:
- Loud snoring
- Waking through the night gasping for air
- Mood swings and difficulty concentrating
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
CPAP machines are a common treatment for sleep apnea. You might not know, however, that as dentists we also provide sleep disorder services. CPAP machines can be loud and uncomfortable to use. We offer a better solution that can be just as effective.
Solution: Oral Appliances
We treat sleep apnea with an oral appliance that is worn while you sleep. It allows you to get a comfortable night’s sleep, and you and your partner won’t be bothered by any loud noise.
If you have sleep apnea symptoms and would like to discuss treatment solutions, please call our office to make an appointment. Sleep apnea is a bigger problem than just loud snoring. We’re here to help you live your healthiest life.