As the most common sleep disorder amongst US adults, Obstructive sleep apnea has more than 20 million cases in our country alone – with countless more patients undiagnosed! With so many cases it is important for patients to do everything they can to avoid this condition, as it is known to progressively worsen over time. In some, severe instances, it is even known to be life-threatening as well. When it comes to obstructive sleep apnea Queens dentist, Marina Pinkhasova warns her patients to avoid certain common risk factors known to drastically increase your chances of suffering from countless symptoms of this debilitating illness. Some of the common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea Queens patients complain about are:
· Loud, Disruptive Snoring
· Constantly Waking Up from Sleep – Often Breathless
· Pauses in Breathing During the Night
· EDS – Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (to the point of exhaustion)
· Severe Migraine Headaches
· Difficulty Focusing Through the Day
· Decreased Libido
· Hypertension & High Blood Pressure
As well as a number of other symptoms. The cessation of breath is one of the worst symptoms, as it deprives our brain and body of important oxygen needed to carry out certain activities vital to proper function. When it comes to sleep apnea Queens specialist Dr. Pinkhasova warns patients that this lack of oxygen can lead to irreversible damage to blood vessels as well as the heart. To make sure you avoid these symptoms and sleep apnea in general, it is important to be aware of the following risky factors.
· Obesity & Weight Gain
When it comes to obstructive sleep apnea Queens patients with a BMI (body mass index) in the obese or overweight ranges are 50% more likely to suffer from the condition. Excess fat in the body blocks airways.
· High Blood Pressure
In addition to being a symptom, it can also cause OSA to occur.
· Chronic Nasal Congestion
Those with certain chronic sinus issues are 100% more likely to have obstructions in their airways, and as nasal congestion is known to worsen overnight – OSA is a major concern for those with sinus issues.
Smokers double their chances of OSA, due to its affect on narrowing the airways.
Men are twice as likely to suffer from OSA as women.
Because of asthma and its tendency to narrow our airways, it is a major risk factor for OSA – especially the older we get.
For those with a family history of OSA, it is far more likely. It has a tendency to be passed down by the male side of the family but can also be passed on through your mother.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a devastating issue that requires immediate medical attention, otherwise it is known to progressively worsen s the days go by. For more info or to schedule your consultation, contact Dr. Marina Pinkhasova today.