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Sleep apnea is a common condition that can cause you to stop breathing as you sleep. Therefore, as you sleep, your oxygen levels drop, resulting in dangerous effects. However, like any health condition, understanding sleep apnea will help you treat it as you fight back.

Here are three facts about sleep apnea:

1. Sleep apnea leads to future health problems. Because your breathing slows while you sleep, your body is not receiving the proper amount of oxygen it needs. As a result, you can suffer from future problems, such as high blood pressure, stroke, depression, irritability, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

2. Sleep apnea can affect anyone. Many people believe that only men suffer from sleep apnea. While it is mostly common in men, studies have found sleep apnea in men, women and children of all ages. Anyone can suffer from sleep apnea, which is why it is important to talk to your dentist if you have any signs or symptoms.

3. Staying fit and healthy can lower your risk of developing sleep apnea. Being overweight and excessively drinking and smoking are factors that can increase your risk for sleep apnea. By staying in shape and maintaining a healthy diet, you will not only reduce your risk for developing sleep apnea, but you will also increase your overall health.

As you can see, sleep apnea is a serious condition that requires treatment. Depending on the severity of the condition, sleep apnea treatments include losing weight, avoiding sleeping medications, using special dental devises, and for extreme cases, surgery.

If you have questions about sleep apnea or fear you suffer from it, please call your dentist. Your dentist will be able to treat your condition and find the best course of action available for your specific needs. So, call us today and schedule an appointment. Let us guide you back to excellent health you can truly be thankful for this Thanksgiving season.