Sleep apnea is not only a serious medical condition, but left untreated it can lead to a plethora of other health issues and is dangerous for the heart. A patient with sleep apnea does not breathe properly during sleep, resulting in low oxygen levels throughout the entire body. Breathing supplies lungs with oxygen but also the rest of the body. When there is a lack of oxygen, the part of the heart responsible for moving oxygenated blood to the organs and extremities is forced to work extra hard. This can cause an enlarged heart and eventually heart failure.
Those living with untreated sleep apnea are at a higher risk of developing irregular heartbeats, and also have a higher risk for a stroke and heart attack. Men with untreated sleep apnea are actually living with double the risk for a stroke. If you have yet to find a solution for sleep apnea, please visit Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS for a consultation. She can fit patients with a snore guard in just one visit, which has helped many people avoid the negative effects of sleep apnea.
To learn more about sleep apnea and the treatments we offer, visit www.dentistnj.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dipika Shah DDS, here in our Holmdel, NJ office, call 732-264-8180.