Some of the complications of sleep apnea are immediate. Loud snoring, sleep interruption, and periods of breath cessation can result in daytime issues such as chronic sleepiness, frequent morning headaches, difficulties concentrating, memory loss, and general irritability.
However, sleep apnea can have a number of long-term complications as well, making it important to seek treatment options for sleep apnea as soon as you become aware of the condition.
Sleep apnea is classified as a serious medical condition not only because of its immediate complications, but because of the things it can lead to. People suffering from sleep apnea are at an increased risk for:
- High blood pressure
- Impaired liver function
- Depression and other mood disorders
- Behavioral changes
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of sleep apnea, it is important that you see your doctor right away to help prevent these more serious complications. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, dentistry solutions such as a customized mouthguard may be all it takes to restore a good night’s sleep and prevent serious complications.
If you live in Arlington, Fairfax, Alexandria, or surrounding areas of Northern Virginia and have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, please contact Galleria Dental Aesthetics to schedule an initial consultation today.