If you find yourself falling asleep during the day, snoring at night, gasping for air at night, or waking up tired, you might have a sleep disorder. More than an inconvenience for a sleep partner, sleep apnea is a serious health problem that poses risks to your health.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that affects more people than you’d think. A lot of people have it but either don’t realize it or don’t get treated for it. Sleep apnea is caused by an obstruction in the airway due to soft tissue placing pressure on the airway. When these tissues relax during sleep, they block the airway and limit oxygen flow to the body.
Dr. Richard Van Gurp of Charlotte, NC wants you to be informed of the risks of sleep apnea and the importance of having a sleep study to determine the best treatment.
5 Reasons to Get Tested for Sleep Apnea
1. Patients with sleep apnea wake suddenly hundreds of times per night, though they may not realize it. Sleep apnea robs your body of oxygen, and your body cannot function properly with reduced oxygen levels.
2. Sleep apnea increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure, male impotence, decreased sex drive, memory loss, obesity, difficulty concentrating, and headaches.
3. Our bodies need sleep to function properly. Sleep apnea disrupts healthy sleep patterns, and over time will cause your health to deteriorate.
4. Sleep apnea can reduce your lifespan by eight to 18 years.
5. Poor sleep negatively affects your daily life, making it difficult to think creatively, remember, and concentrate. This can become dangerous when driving or performing difficult tasks.
Request a Free Sleep ConsultationCarolina Sleep Solutions, led by Dr. Richard Van Gurp, offers oral sleep appliance therapy, allowing you to get a better night’s rest. Oral sleep appliances are custom-designed to reposition the jaw during sleep and keep the airway open, allowing for normal oxygen flow to your body. Dr. Van Gurp is a highly trained dentist with training in TMJ and Sleep Apnea. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Van Gurp, contact our Charlotte, NC office or schedule an appointment online.