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3 Ways Sleep Apnea is Hurting Your Health

Sleep apnea can cause many health issues, and some of those can be life-threatening if the condition is not treated in a timely manner. Not only can the condition interrupt sleep, leaving you feeling tired and groggy, but it can lead to more serious health issues. Dr. Buck specializes in treating sleep apnea, and he fully understands how the condition can be harmful to the patient’s overall health if left untreated.

  1. On the Rise: Sleep Apnea Can Cause High Blood Pressure: Studies show that roughly 30–50% of patients with high blood pressure have sleep apnea. The frequent cessation of breathing that occurs with sleep apnea causes prevents the body from fully resting and rejuvenating. When we aren’t breathing well, blood-oxygen levels drop, causing the cardiovascular system to kick into overdrive, adding undue stress to bodily systems.

  2. Sick and Tired: Sleep Apnea’s Effect on the Immune System: Research shows that during Stage 4, or the deepest level of sleep, the body revitalizes and repairs tissue damage. Because people suffering from sleep apnea are essentially suffering from sleep deprivation, they are unable to fully rest, rendering their bodies incapable of repairing the damage. This can lead to a weakened immune system. This leaves sleep apnea suffers much more prone to illness.

  3. Refreshing Your Memory: The Increased Incidence of Memory Loss: Current studies show that sleep apnea influences memory and may even lead to an increased risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. Patients experience a drop in blood oxygen levels, and research suggests that low oxygen levels may impact some parts of the brain, including the hippocampus.

If you’re living with untreated sleep apnea, timely treatment is paramount. While they are several treatment options currently available including C-PAP, mouth guards, and even surgery, Dr. Buck offers a permanent, less-invasive approach to treating sleep apnea. By using neuromuscular dentistry to help realign the bite and jaw using custom orthotics, he’s able to provide noticeable, long-term relief for his patients. Contact our office today at 206-316-8286 to schedule a consultation.

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