What are the Systemic Health Problems Associated with Sleep Apnea?

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It is staggering to note just how many Americans suffer from sleep apnea like many of the patients at Desert Smiles Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry in Glendale, Arizona.

Sleep apnea, or the disorder characterized by repeated breathing obstructions during the night that prevent a restful slumber, impacts roughly 18 million Americans, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association. It often goes unnoticed, and is most prevalent in men who are African-American or Latino and who also struggle to maintain a healthy weight.

When left unattended, sleep apnea has been linked to the following systemic health problems and medical consequences:

  • Hypertension
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke

When it comes to treating sleep apnea, the popular Continuous Positive Airway Pressure device (CPAP) can be effective. But, some studies indicate that this device only helps about half (and perhaps less) of the people who use it, making alternate sleep apnea treatments essential.

A committed, experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist, Dr. Donald Wilcox at Desert Smiles can evaluate each sleep apnea patient individually to recommend a custom dental appliance.

If you are suffering from sleep apnea symptoms and worry about how the condition may be affecting your overall health and wellbeing, please contact Desert Smiles Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry in Glendale, Arizona or call 602-978-1790 to schedule a sleep apnea consultation. Dr. Wilcox proudly serves patients throughout the greater Phoenix area.

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