Sleep Apnea And Your Hypertension: Questions (And Answers)

You may have sleep apnea. You may also have hypertension. What you may not have is the background information to make the connection between these two problems. The fact of the matter is, if you’re dealing with nightly, interrupted sleep due to this sleep disorder and it goes on untreated for a while, high blood pressure often develops as a side effect. Does that mean your sleeping concern is the only contributing factor? Not necessarily. However, making sure you see the relationship between these issues (and hopefully taking steps to address your sleep with our Livonia, MI team) is certainly something to consider!

Won’t My Blood Pressure Medicine Fix Everything?

If you take medication for your hypertension, this may certainly help lower and regulate your blood pressure. However, it isn’t going to have an impact on your sleep apnea. It is not going to solve the fact, either, that your sleep apnea may be causing your high blood pressure. What’s this mean, you ask? Well, it means that you should still see us for sleep apnea treatment, so your sleeping becomes possible again (and so you’re not causing or making your blood pressure worse).

Lots Of People Have Hypertension, Is It A Big Deal?

It is! You may think that this is just something that many people experience. However, whether it’s caused in part by sleep apnea or anything else, high blood pressure is quite dangerous and brings with it some serious risks that can promote problems like heart disease, stroke, and more. Remember that treating your sleep apnea is beneficial in so many ways, from allowing you to feel energized again to helping protect your very well being.

Is This The Only Side Effect Of Sleep Apnea?

It’s not! In addition to dealing with the chance of hypertension, when you have untreated sleep apnea, you are also at risk for moodiness, exhaustion, difficulty staying awake during the day, trouble focusing, headaches, sore throat in the morning, and even irregular heartbeat! Treat your sleep with us as soon as you can, to ensure you’re staying as healthy as you can!

How Can I Address The Sleep Part Of The Issue?

So, what is this sleep apnea treatment we keep talking about, you ask? While we offer multiple approaches, the primary solution we offer is an oral appliance. You’ll wear a mouthguard during sleep! It’s easy to accomplish and won’t interfere with your life!

Learn More About Sleep And Your Health

Better understand the connection between treating your sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, and your health, so you can gather up the motivation you need to safeguard your rest and your overall well being! James Stewart, DDS, and our team serve patients from Livonia, MI and the surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.