Sleep Apnea and your Sexual Health

Categories: Sleep Disorders

sleep apnea and sexual healthScotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA

The consequences of sleep apnea do not just include a lack of rest. In fact, did you know that men with sleep apnea also are at an increased risk of erectile dysfunction? The findings of a recent study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine found a link between erectile dysfunction and a low quality of life due to sleep problems. The research also linked erectile dysfunction to depression, which is another potential consequence of sleep apnea.

The study consisted of 713 male patients who complained of snoring or daytime sleepiness that visited National University Hospital in Seoul, South Korea, from 2006 to 2014.

Although the study authors suggested that a psychological intervention might improve any sexual dysfunction issues for men with sleep apnea, the best way to combat the problems caused by sleep apnea is to treat the sleep breathing disorder itself. Nowadays, we no longer have to treat sleep apnea with an inconvenient CPAP machine. Instead, the expert dentists at Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry can make a custom made oral appliance that repositions your mouth to facilitate an open airway. Treating obstructive sleep apnea has never been easier!

Do not ignore you sleep apnea or its symptoms. Doing so could put your health at risk.

Erectile dysfunction and depression are just two of the potential consequences of sleep apnea. Patients with sleep apnea also are at an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and irregular heartbeat.

Sleep apnea also can have a profound impact on your day-to-day life because you do not get the rest you need. This is because the airway becomes blocked during sleep, decreasing the supply of oxygen to the heart and brain. These blockages can occur as many as 30 to 60 times per hour. Over time, obstructive sleep apnea sufferers find that their lack of quality rest interferes with their daily life, and can even affect relationships with loved ones and friends.

Dr. Max Ebrahimian and his staff at Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry can diagnose and treat sleep apnea. The symptoms, including erectile dysfunction and depression, can range from snoring to daytime fatigue, restless sleep and a lack of focus. If you are experiencing any combination of these symptoms, do not ignore them. Contact our office at (831) 438-4411 to schedule an appointment.

Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry serves patients located in the California communities of Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley.