Why Do I Need to Treat My Sleep Apnea?

Serving Greater Philadelphia, including Ardmore, Bryn Mawr, & Newtown Square.

Sleep apnea is a common condition that affects 1 out of every 5 Americans in a certain degree. It is a disorder which causes you to have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breathes when you are sleeping. If left untreated, the disorder can have potentially dangerous effects. If you believe you may be suffering from sleep apnea, contact The Office of  Dr. Bellisario at 610-642-7024 to schedule your Ardmore sleep apnea consultation.

Some may believe that the condition doesn't take a toll on their day to day life and isn't detrimental to their health, but this is not the case. In addition to disrupting much needed nighttime rest, complications and risks associated with sleep apnea include but are not limited to:

  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased risk of heart problems (heart attack, stroke, heart failure, arrhythmias)
  • Increased risk of obesity and diabetes
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Liver problems
  • Complications with medications and surgeries

Those suffering from sleep apnea may also experience:

  • Memory problems
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Nocturia (need to urinate frequently throughout the night)

The treatment for sleep apnea depends on how severe your case is. Treatment through lifestyle changes, breathing devices, mouthpieces, and/or surgery can successfully treat sleep apnea for many patients. 

If you believe you may have sleep apnea and would like to see what treatment options are available to you, contact our Ardmore practice by calling 610-642-7024 today!