What are the Risks of Untreated Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing stops for several seconds, multiple times a night. Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of the disorder, is a result of soft tissue in the throat collapsing during sleep, which can also result in symptoms such as snoring, excessive daytime fatigue, and chronic morning headaches.

If you suffer from sleep apnea, Houston dentist Dr. Ronald Konig may be able to help. Using advanced treatments such as the MicrO₂® sleep and snore device, Dr. Konig can help keep airways open and reduce your risks for the serious – and even fatal – complications that can come with untreated sleep apnea.

How Dangerous is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

The Risks of Untreated Sleep Apnea | Houston CPAP AlternativesIn addition to snoring, frequent headaches, and daytime fatigue, sleep apnea increases risks for:

  • Weight gain and obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Memory and concentration problems

These symptoms may become progressively worse the longer sleep apnea is ignored. Some, like heart disease and high blood pressure, can actually prove fatal, making it important that you seek sleep apnea treatment as soon as you are diagnosed with the disorder.

Treating Sleep Apnea

One of the most common treatments for sleep apnea is CPAP, a device that uses forced air, administered through tubes, throughout the night. Unfortunately, many people struggle to sleep while wearing a CPAP mask, rendering the treatment useless.

At our Houston office, Dr. Konig offers many alternatives to CPAP including the advanced MicrO₂® sleep and snore device. The MicrO₂® has shown to be highly effective at treating mild to moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea, and may even be effective for those suffering from more severe forms of the disorder. During your initial consultation, Dr. Konig will review your sleep apnea treatment options and help you choose the best one for your particular needs.

If you live in Houston, Pearland, The Woodlands, or surrounding areas of Texas, please contact Konig Center for Cosmetic & Comprehensive Dentistry to schedule your sleep apnea treatment consultation today. Dr. Konig provides individualized solutions for men and women looking for alternatives to CPAP and other invasive sleep apnea treatments.

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