Fairport, Pittsford, and Rochester, NY
Medical professionals are in general agreement that men are more reluctant to go to the doctor than women. An adult male is more likely to just “tough it out” through any health problems, in the hope that whatever symptoms he is experiencing just go away on their own.
However, there is one concern in particular that will not just go away; heavy snoring should not be ignored.
If you or your partner snore, this is considered a likely indicator of a sleep breathing disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea. When sleep apnea occurs, the airway becomes obstructed during sleep, interrupting breathing as well as rest. A person with sleep apnea feels fatigued throughout the day because of the lack of quality sleep. Left untreated, sleep apnea patients are more likely to develop other major health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, irregular heartbeat, diabetes, depression, and obesity.
A man is twice as likely as a woman to develop sleep apnea. If you smoke, your risk of sleep apnea is three times as high.
Many sleep apnea patients go through their entire lives without being diagnosed properly with the disorder. This is because the symptoms of sleep apnea can mimic other issues; for example, the lack of focus and irritability both are symptoms of ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
Perhaps you are a heavy snorer, or you are excessively tired throughout the day. Maybe you have sought treatment for ADHD, with no relief. If any of these statements apply to you, then you could have sleep apnea. This is not a disorder that will “fix itself.” It must be diagnosed and treated by a qualified health professional.
A certified sleep apnea dentist, like Dr Sam Guarnieri at Pittsford Dental Excellence Center, possesses the experience and training to diagnose and treat sleep apnea. If you live in the areas of Fairport, Pittsford, or Rochester, NY, and you are suffering sleep apnea symptoms, contact Pittsford Dental Excellence Center today at (585) 248-2575 for a consultation.