The Dangers of Untreated Sleep Apnoea

People suffering from sleep apnoea breathe normally during the day, but stop breathing for a few seconds at night when they sleep. The throat collapses, preventing them from getting enough oxygen. About 40% of the U.K. population is suffering from this condition. When left untreated, this may lead to health issues and complications that might affect people for life.
–        sleep apnoeaCardiovascular Problems – Sudden drops in oxygen levels and the disruption of oxygen flow make it difficult for the brain to regulate proper blood flow to the arteries. Poor blood circulation may lead to heart disease, myocardial infarction (MI) or heart attack and atrial fibrillation. This may lead to stroke, as well.
–        High Blood Pressure – Frequently waking up in the middle of the night may cause the hormonal system to work harder than it should.
–        Obesity – Sleep apnoea may lead to lower metabolism. It impairs the endocrine system, decreases serotonin (happy hormone) levels and causes the body to release leptin, a hormone responsible for craving carbohydrates and sweets.
–        Medical Complication – When undergoing surgery, the general anaesthesia and medications used may increase the risk of certain complications.
–        Type 2 Diabetes – Untreated sleep apnoea promotes insulin resistance, abnormal glucose metabolism and impaired glucose tolerance. Difficulty in breathing puts the body in a fight-or-flight mode, stimulating the production of stress hormones that increase blood glucose levels.
–        More Accident-prone – The lack of sleep can cause daytime drowsiness and poor attention span, increasing the risks of being involved in all types of accidents—from minor to life threatening.
At Danny de Villiers Dentist, our goal is to keep you away from the dangers of sleep apnoea and let you have a good night’s sleep. We make dental appliances to help reposition your tongue, lower jaw and soft palate while you sleep. Book an appointment and contact us today for more information.