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What Are the Risks of Sleep Apnea?

shutterstock_140916436 %281%29Sleep apnea is a relatively common condition often characterized by breathing pauses and loud snoring during sleep. In addition to these two symptoms, other signs of sleep apnea can include feeling short of breath after waking suddenly, gasping and/or snoring while asleep, unexplained fatigue throughout the day, and more. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to several health risks, such as:

  • Chronic tiredness
  • Morning headaches
  • Gastric reflux
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Memory loss
  • Heart disease
  • Cardiac death

Due to the potential seriousness of these health concerns, it is imperative that you consult a medical professional if you believe you or a loved one is suffering from sleep apnea. Here at Scottsdale Smile Center, Dr. Don Chiappetti and Dr. Jonathan Coombs have the necessary training and expertise to properly diagnose and treat sleep apnea with proven results. Following a comprehensive evaluation, they can determine whether or not sleep apnea is the cause of your symptoms, and they can develop a personalized treatment plan (often consisting of a custom-designed mouth guard) based on your unique needs.

For more information about the risks associated with sleep apnea, or if you wish to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists, please don’t hesitate to contact our practice today.

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