What Medical Conditions are Linked to Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

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Snoring can make for a bad night’s sleep, for you and your bed mate. But if it happens because you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), it may be the signal of a bigger problem. Sleep apnea is the involuntary cessation of breathing while you are asleep. There is increasing evidence that untreated obstructive sleep apnea can have a significant effect on your personal health. The condition raises your risk of health conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes.

Let’s talk about the most prevalent health risks of untreated sleep apnea.

High Blood Pressure

Untreated sleep apnea is connected to high blood pressure. If you already have it, sleep apnea can make it worse. Sleep apnea can also make it harder to treat blood pressure with medication. When you wake up often during the night, your body becomes stressed. That makes your hormone systems go into overdrive which ups your blood pressure.

Heart Disease

People with OSA are more likely to have heart disease. The causes may be low oxygen and the stress of waking up often during the night. Strokes and atrial fibrillation are also connected to OSA.

Type 2 Diabetes

Sleep apnea is common among men and women with type 2 diabetes. Research indicates that blood sugar levels are higher among individuals with OSA. Obesity raises the risk for OSA and Type 2 diabetes. However, treatment for OSA can decrease blood sugar levels.

Premature Death

Because OSA is connected to many chronic health issues, untreated OSA can result in premature death. In a recent study, it was found that men and women with severe OSA have a much higher mortality risk than those without OSA.

Dental Treatment Option

The health risks of untreated OSA may seem daunting. However, your dentist can often help treat your OSA. Oral appliance therapy can be a beneficial treatment for OSA. Oral appliance therapy uses a custom-fit, “mouthguard-like” device worn only during sleep. Oral appliance therapy helps maintain an open, unobstructed airway.


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2149 Charbonier Rd
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Sleep Apnea Is A Serious Health Threat

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At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we often see patients who have been struggling with inadequate sleep for months or even years. Some of them are diagnosed with sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder.

You Can’t Just “Tough It Out”

The reluctance to pursue professional treatment is sad because sleep apnea takes a toll on their health and reduces quality of life. If they are keeping someone up at night, it makes life more onerous for that person, as well.

Protect Your Health

Sleep apnea is a disorder where you have frequent, recurring gaps in breathing while you sleep. These pauses can last for up to 60 seconds and are caused by soft tissue in the back of the throat that relaxes and cuts off the airway. As you can probably imagine, when our brain is not getting enough oxygen it interferes with vital biological processes.

For some reason, many people don’t consider sleep apnea a pressing issue. Why the disconnect? We are talking about breathing, folks! There isn’t a biological function more vital than that. And poor sleep can cause a host of serious health issues. It affects performance in every aspect of life: work, hobbies, and social activities.

There are several forms of sleep apnea.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Cause: Throat muscles relax and obstruct the airway. This is the most prevalent type.

Central Sleep Apnea
Cause: The brain doesn’t send signals to the muscles that regulate breathing.

Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome (Treatment-emergent Central Sleep Apnea)
This is a combination of both conditions described previously.

Signs of Sleep Apnea

  • Loud snoring
  • Sudden awakenings where you are choking or feel “out of breath”
  • Pauses in breathing while sleeping (as evidenced by another person noticing the behavior)
  • Sore throat or dry mouth after sleeping
  • Fitful sleep
  • Falling asleep while performing normal daily activities
  • Inability to concentrate during the day
  • Mood changes
  • Awakening with a headache
  • Extreme fatigue

If you experience any of these symptoms, call us at Koch Park Dental in Florissant right away. We provide effective sleep apnea treatment; it is one of our specialties. Others include dental implants. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri


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Nothing To Fear! Root Canals in Florissant

Too many people see a dentist’s office as a painful and scary place. At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we dispel that image with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Even so, when patients hear they need a root canal, a lot of them are going to get tense.

It doesn’t need to be that way. Patients need to get a root canal because of an infected tooth. That tooth is usually giving them pain, sometimes a lot of pain. A root canal is performed to relieve it, and to save the tooth. The procedure itself is painless.

It’s called a “root canal” because we clean out the canals inside the tooth’s root. We remove bacteria, soft tissue, decayed nerve tissue, and any debris. The tooth is then sealed, and a crown is put in place.

Most root canals are successful, and result in the infected tooth being saved. The only alternative is to have the tooth extracted – so as worrisome as it might be to hear you need a root canal, the alternative is worse.

In addition to root canals, Koch Park Dental in Florissant provides general and cosmetic dentistry. We also treat sleep apnea and snoring. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri