Untreated sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure and other cardiovascular issues, memory loss, impotence, headaches and a vast array of other problems. Moreover, undetected sleep apnea can be responsible for job impairment and motor vehicle accidents, says Dr. Mitch Conditt, a dentist in Fort Worth, Texas, who treats patients for sleep apnea.
Depending on the severity of sleep apnea, treating it can be as simple as positional therapy or lifestyle changes, says Dr. Conditt. However, the majority of the time the major treatment choices for sleep apnea include surgery, CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) or an oral appliance.
Possibly, lifestyle changes could change one's sleep apnea but for the most part, sleep apnea is not curable, according to Dr. Conditt. If you are diagnosed and your treatment is a CPAP or oral appliance, more than likely, they will be worn for the rest of your life.
Dr. Mitch Conditt is a dentist in Fort Worth, Texas and a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder video content. Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.