If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), it is important to understand your treatment options. When left untreated, sleep apnea can increase your risk for significant health complications, such as:
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Driving accidents
There is no routine blood test to detect sleep apnea, which can be missed during routine medical visits. For this reason it is important to pay close attention to your health and well-being, while asking questions.
The importance of treatment
Choosing treatment can often be alarming and confusing. While there are many options, it is important to choose the right one for your needs. Wearing masks and oral appliances every night might not sound like the best option for you, but it is important to stay open-minded because your health will depend on this. Only a small percentage of people with OSA actually seek treatment. And some of those who know they have a problem, but choose to ignore it, they will continue to increase their risk for health complications.
If you think you have OSA or you know someone who does, it is important to discuss this with Dr. Sara as soon as possible. As a dental sleep medicine specialist, Dr. Sara can work with you to find the best solution for treatment of sleep apnea in North Scottsdale.