Sleep Apnea and Blood Pressure in Brentwood CA Area

Understanding the dangerous connection between obstructive sleep apnea and high blood pressure levels

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TWhile many people think obstructive sleep apnea is as simple as chronic snoring, this is an unsafe assumption. Obstructive sleep apnea, also known as OSA, is a sleeping disorder that impacts millions of Americans. Many don’t even know they have it and struggle with daytime fatigue and poor concentration without any known cause. However, this condition is serious and needs to be diagnosed in order to seek effective treatment. In addition to being a problematic condition that impacts one’s ability to get a good night’s rest, it is also linked to other medical issues that will need the attention of a professional. This includes high blood pressure, or hypertension.

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

Jamil Alkhoury and Diana Belli of Brentwood Family Dental in Brentwood, California, are dentists who regularly work with patients who have been diagnosed, by their primary care physician, with obstructive sleep apnea. This sleeping disorder is caused by a blockage in the airways. While patients sleep, this blockage wakes them up before they reach the deep levels of sleep they need to feel well-rested each day. This wakening and sleeping cycle can occur hundreds of times in one night and result in patients waking up still feeling tired.

The condition is best addressed with a device called a CPAP machine, which is worn over the face and used at night to maintain open airways throughout the evening. However, these large devices are uncomfortable and difficult to travel with, causing many patients to avoid using them to treat their condition. At Brentwood Family Dental, we encourage patients to ask us about an alternative solution called oral appliance therapy. This is when patients obtain a customized mouthguard that is worn at night to provide the same benefits and allow them to get a good night’s rest.

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How are OSA and high blood pressure related?

Sleep-disordered breathing is often linked to patients with hypertension or high blood pressure. High blood pressure strains the cardiovascular system and can lead patients to a higher risk of other medical issues, including strokes and heart disease. Patients who manage their blood pressure can reduce these harmful effects. Patients who have obstructive sleep apnea may also have high blood pressure, which can be a dangerous combination. This is why it is so important for patients to seek treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, which can in turn aid in lowering a patient’s high blood pressure levels and bring their body back to health. If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, ask your doctor to monitor blood pressure levels as well to see if the two are coexisting.

Schedule a visit with Drs. Jamil Alkhoury and Diana Belli to learn more

If you have been diagnosed with conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea or TMJ/TMD, we can assist you in finding a solution to your concerns and help you achieve great overall health and wellness. We welcome new and returning patients to our family-friendly practice, conveniently located at 4411 Balfour Road, Suite C. Call 925-344-5296 to schedule an appointment with our friendly front office team in Brentwood, California.

Dr. Jamil Alkhoury

Dr. Jamil Alkhoury

Dr Jamil Alkhoury believes dentists to be artists. Taking care of another person’s teeth is definitely an art in which Dr Jamil Alkhoury is an expert. Having graduated from University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) with a degree in Advanced Education in General Dentistry, he has always focused on the well-being of his patients. Brentwood family dental headed by Dr Jamil Alkhoury offers a wide range of services. He always keeps in touch with the developments in the field, to serve his purpose to the best of his abilities.

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