Living With Sleep Apnea: What You Can Expect
Sleep apnea is a condition that interrupts your breathing while you sleep, causing you to wake up constantly throughout the night. Without treatment, it can lead to a wide range of consequences for your overall health.
If you want to ensure you stay ahead of this condition, explore our guide to learn about the causes and symptoms of sleep apnea.
Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea
There are several factors that can increase your risk of sleep apnea. Men are more likely to suffer from the condition than women, and everyone’s risk increases as they get older, regardless of gender.
Additional risk factors for sleep apnea include:
- Excess weight
- Large neck circumference
- Drinking alcohol
- Nasal congestion
- Family history of sleep apnea
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea presents a range of debilitating symptoms, some of which include:
- Loud, frequent snoring
- Gasping or choking sounds overnight
- Lack of motivation
- Daytime fatigue
- Short-term memory problems
- Sudden mood shifts
- Waking up with a headache and/or dry mouth
- Diminished libido
Consequences of Untreated Sleep Apnea
Without treatment, sleep apnea can lead to further health complications, some of which may threaten your life. Among the most common are heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and liver problems.
Due to lack of sleep, patients with sleep apnea are also likely to develop complications for their mental health. Feeling tired and unmotivated every day can take its toll and influence nearly every aspect of your life. As a result, sleep apnea can lead to depression.
Visit Dr. McCoy for Sleep Apnea Treatment
If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. McCoy can provide the relief that you’re looking for. As an alternative to CPAP machines, which most patients find too loud and uncomfortable to sleep with, we feature comfortable oral appliances that help you sleep soundly through the night.
As a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. McCoy will ensure that your appliance fits comfortably and delivers effective results. Call our practice at (610) 358-5690 to schedule your consultation today.