Trinity Dental Care

What happens if I do not treat my sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that affects nearly every system in the body. Fortunately, proper diagnosis is possible through an accredited sleep clinic and various treatment options exist.

Many patients find it difficult or uncomfortable to wear a CPAP mask while they sleep and as a result, they opt not to treat their condition.

Here is why that is a dangerous decision.

Obstructive sleep apnea can lead to a number of health conditions such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Diabetes
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Premature death

Additionally, there are a number of practical reasons to treat sleep apnea including feeling more alert during the day and avoiding falling asleep while operating a vehicle or machinery.

We offer a convenient alternative for mild to moderate sleep apnea, which is approved by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Oral appliance therapy uses mandibular repositioning to open your airway during sleep. It means that you will wear a nightguard on your upper and lower teeth that will gently push your lower jaw forward, removing the tissue from the back of your throat.

Oral appliance therapy can even be used in conjunction with CPAP therapy for patients who suffer from extreme sleep apnea who wish to avoid surgery.