In this report, Dr. Ron Goldstein, a dentist in Mississauga (greater Toronto), Canada with Dr. Ron Goldstein and Associates, discusses the negative health effects of undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea.
Dr. Goldstein notes that the list of negative side effects keeps getting longer. The significant problems include increasing risks of high blood pressure, heart attack, atrial fibrillation, and strokes. Acid reflux can be a side effect of fighting for breath in one’s sleep. Sexual dysfunction can be an effect, as can type two diabetes. Another possible problem can be an increased risk of developing cancer because the body’s chemistry changes when its oxygen level is reduced.
Many people who are being treated for some of these problems have more difficulty with the treatment because they are also fighting the effects of sleep apnea. The net result of untreated sleep apnea can be a decreased life expectancy and a loss of both quality and quantity of life.
Successful treatment of sleep apnea can make a big difference in the treatment of all the problems associated with it.
Dr. Ron Goldstein graduated in 1971 from the University of Toronto with B.Sc. and D.D.S. degrees. He is an expert in sleep apnea issues and treatment, and he spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online sleep breathing disorder video news content. Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.