Restful sleep and global health

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can have serious consequences on global health. Here is a list of the consequences recognized by recent studies for untreated OSAs:

  • Daytime drowsiness, decreased reflexes, decreased field of vision leading to 7 times increased risk of being involved in a road accident.
  • Lack of concentration
  • Memory loss episodes
  • Fatigue and lack of energy
  • Increased stress level and, as a result, teeth grinding
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Depression

With time, the repercussions worsen as frequent respiratory arrests make stress and adrenaline increase and accentuate coagulation phenomena.

 

Untreated sleep apnea may represent some risks such as:

  • Increased fat mass and overweight
  • Increased risk of cardiovascular disease (angina, heart attack, etc.)
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increase in vascular strokes
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Decreased kidney function that can lead to kidney failure
  • Inhibition of the immune system

At our clinic, if a patient shows some known risk factors and/or symptoms, a specific examination will be suggested and scheduled in conjunction with a sleep clinic to establish a clear diagnosis.

Once the diagnosis of OSA is confirmed by a lung specialist, we will study together the possibility of using a mandibular advancement apparatus to help you get back a comfortable restful sleep and enjoy a healthier way of life.

If you think you have OSA, do not hesitate to contact us.