What are the negative effects of sleep apnea?
As we mentioned above, if you suffer from OSA, it can increase your risk for stroke, heart problems, high blood pressure, obesity and type 2 diabetes. The list can go on and on. Sleep apnea even leads to a higher chance for work and driving-related injuries. To add to that, studies have identified that sleep apnea is also associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
When your weight continues to increase, it can also lead to a higher risk for sleep apnea because excess tissue in the back of the throat can narrow and block the airway even more than it already is. But the good news is that if you visit Dr. Fuller at her practice in Greensboro, you can be treated for sleep apnea with a comfortable oral appliance to open the airway.