What Are the Health Effects of Sleep Apnea?

In this video, Luz Cabrera, DMD, discusses the multitude of serious health risks that stem from obstructed breathing during sleep.

Failing to achieve stage three of sleep, which is critical for muscle and bone repair, hormone production, and boosting the immune system, can lead to significant health consequences. A strong link exists between the lack of deep sleep and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) in children. Moreover, children can suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, further complicating their health and development. Alzheimer’s disease, too, could potentially be better managed if addressed early in life, around the ages of 40 or 50, highlighting the importance of quality sleep at all stages of life. Additionally, conditions such as depression, strokes, and diabetes are associated with disrupted sleep patterns. Inadequate sleep affects hormone production, with diabetes often being one of the first indicators of sleep apnea.

Acid reflux is another problem that may arise from a lack of oxygen affecting the stomach during periods of sleep deprivation. Such sleep issues can also contribute to heart failure, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, obesity, and sexual dysfunction. However, many of these conditions can be treated or even prevented by ensuring that the airways remain open during sleep.

If you’re interested or in need of more information, it’s crucial to understand the implications of these conditions and to know that solutions are accessible. Do not hesitate to reach out to us for help and guidance. We are here to provide support and assistance. Thank you.

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Luz Elena Cabrera, DMD

Dr. Luz Elena Cabrera was born in Cali, Colombia. Her undergraduate and dental training was in the city of Caracas, at the Central University of Venezuela. In 1988 she emigrated to America and in 1997 she graduated from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FTD Program (Foreign Trained Dentist Program.) The Doctor is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the Florida Association of America (FDA) and the Association of the District of West Coast (WCDA).

In 1997, she started her private practice in the city of Temple Terrace Florida, and is dedicated to General Dentistry, especially Cosmetic and Aesthetic Dentistry. She has conducted many courses and seminars to keep abreast of all developments and advances in dentistry in recent years. Including courses such as, Diagnosis and Treatment (TMJ) problems of the masticatory system. Dr. Cabrera is a professional trained in the field of Cosmetology, Oral Implantology, Reconstructive and Comprehensive Rehabilitation.

She is committed to providing the best services to meet the different needs and expectations of their patients. She resides in Tampa since 1988 with her husband Fernando Cabrera and her three children; Fernando Jr., Viviana, and Sebastian, which offer their help as an employee in her dental office to better serve you.

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