Charles M. Marks D.D.S and Dental Associates.

Conveniently located at 34th Street and 5th Avenue. Drs. Charles M. Marks and his associates offer Invisalign, cosmetic dental treatments and dental care for children, teens and adults.

212.279.1232

The Risks of Untreated Sleep Apnea

Woman Disturbed With Man Snoring

Sleep apnea can be an annoyance for partners and family members who are woken up by snoring every night, but there are also more serious risks associated with the disorder. If you suffer from sleep apnea, talk to your dentist immediately so you can establish a treatment plan. Keep reading for a look at the risks of untreated sleep apnea.

Heart Disease

Sleep apnea can lead to very serious conditions, one of which is heart disease. When you suffer from sleep apnea, you are not receiving the proper amount of oxygen as you sleep throughout the night. When your brain does not get enough oxygen, it is not able to properly regulate blood flow. This means that those who experience sleep apnea are susceptible to heart attacks, atrial fibrillation, and stroke.

Weight Gain

Sleep apnea and weight gain are linked in two ways: Weight gain may cause sleep apnea, and sleep apnea may contribute to weight gain. Since those who suffer from sleep apnea have a harder time getting restful sleep, they are more likely to be tired during the day. This can then lead to a slower metabolism, and thus weight gain. This condition can also inspire the craving of carbohydrates. At the same time, overweight people are at greater risk for sleep apnea. Deposits of fat in the neck can make it difficult to breathe at night, which causes snoring and lack of oxygen.

Accidents

If you suffer from sleep apnea, you are likely to be groggy during the day. This makes you more susceptible to accidents in everyday life. These accidents may occur at work, in the home, or on the road. It is important to get enough rest to be alert, energized, and aware of your surroundings throughout your daily routine. Talk to your dentist about sleep apnea treatments to avoid these problems.

For more information about the risks of untreated sleep apnea, call Charles M. Marks, D.D.S. and Dental Associates at (212) 279-1232. Our cosmetic dentistry practice is happy to provide the Manhattan with a variety of dental procedures, including teeth cleaning and teeth whitening. You can learn more about our dentistry practice by visiting our website.

347 5th Avenue Suite 1310
New York, NY 10016

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