How do I determine if I have sleep apnea?

Many people who have sleep apnea may not know they have it because it occurs during sleep. Sometimes sleep apnea can go undiagnosed because no blood tests can help detect the problem.

However, obstructive sleep apnea can become worse if not diagnosed and treated early. Patients with this condition usually have their airways collapsing or becoming blocked during sleep. This causes breathing pauses or shallow breathing. When you try to breathe, the air tries to squeeze past the blockage causing loud snoring.

Untreated sleep apnea can result in:

  • Increased risk of heart failure
  • Increased risk of obesity, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and diabetes
  • Making arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats) more likely
  • Increased likelihood of having driving or work-related accidents

It is important to seek appropriate medical evaluation and treatment when you experience signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea such as loud snoring, daytime sleepiness, and repeated nighttime awakenings.

How can my dentist help?

As a top-rated sleep apnea and snoring specialist in Chula Vista, Dr. Risos believes that a good night’s sleep is essential for good health. That’s why she is committed to providing you with excellent sleep apnea treatment and oral appliances to help you have a good night’s sleep. To find out more, schedule your consultation by contacting your Chula Vista dentist today!