Does Sleep Apnea Ever Go Away?

September 14, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drjohnson @ 8:44 pm
man with sleep apnea in San Diego snoring

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects a whopping 22 million Americans. Not only that, but around 80% of moderate to severe cases often go undiagnosed. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to issues like memory loss, depression, heart problems, high blood pressure, and fatigue. Some people delay seeking treatment because they believe the condition can go away on its own. Are you guilty of thinking similarly? If so, continue reading!

Can Sleep Apnea Go Away on Its Own?

Children and teenagers with sleep apnea may experience reprieve as they get older. However, because the anatomy of your body generally remains fixed, the disorder is still largely unlikely to go away on its own. Most patients need to seek treatment from a professional to get long-lasting relief. For that reason, it’s incredibly important to make an appointment with your doctor for sleep apnea treatment as soon as you notice any symptoms.

Signs of Sleep Apnea

For most people, a proper diagnosis doesn’t occur until their partner brings their symptoms to their attention. Chronic snoring is a hallmark symptom of sleep apnea, which is why it’s often noticed by partners or roommates first. Those who sleep alone can go years with untreated sleep apnea, putting their overall health at risk. Luckily, being aware of common signs can play a significant role in early detection and intervention. Here are a few things to keep an eye out for:

  • Restless sleep
  • Morning headaches
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
  • Insomnia

The Importance of Treating Sleep Apnea

Untreated sleep apnea can have long-term consequences on your health. To lower your risk of severe complications, you should seek treatment as soon as possible. While the main choice of therapy is a breathing device called a continuous airway pressure machine (CPAP), there are options you can explore. A custom-fitted device provided by your dentist can effectively relieve any symptoms you’re experiencing. It’s a comfortable, less noisy, and successful way to get better quality sleep.

Are you ready to start your journey toward a good night’s sleep? Contact your dentist and ask about your sleep apnea treatment options. After confirming a diagnosis, they’ll help you get the quality rest you deserve!

About the Author

Dr. Peter F. Johnson is a proud graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He’s also a board-certified prosthodontist with his own private practice. From routine checkups to complex restorative treatment to sleep apnea therapy, Dr. Johnson has everything you need for optimal health. To learn more about sleep apnea treatment, visit his website or call (619) 463-3737.

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