We are experiencing a lot of uncertainty in the world as we try to understand the COVID-19 pandemic. From the stay-at-home orders to wearing masks, it is sometimes confusing and stressful to really figure out what you can and cannot do. As we remain on high alert due to COVID-19, it is important to pay attention to your health and current conditions, such as sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea, it is important to understand how to continue to protect yourself and manage your condition. 

Pay attention to anxiety

If you are treating sleep apnea with CPAP or an oral appliance, it is important to continue to do so. Skipping treatment will only make matters worse. However, anxiety about the pandemic might be creeping in, which can add to your sleep troubles. 

You might find yourself worrying about using your CPAP or oral appliance, but it is important to know that it is OK to continue. If you have any concerns, please reach out to Dr. Patel to discuss what we can do to continue to protect you and your family during these trying times.

Sleep apnea and risk for COVID-19

Does sleep apnea place you at a greater risk for getting COVID-19? No, there is no evidence to show that you are more susceptible to contracting COVID-19. However, risk factors for severe illness may include age and underlying medical conditions if they are not controlled. Some of those conditions include:

  • Chronic lung disease.
  • Moderate to severe asthma.
  • Serious heart conditions.
  • Obesity, which can also lead to sleep apnea. 
  • Compromised immune system.
  • Chronic kidney disease.
  • Liver disease. 
  • Type 2 diabetes.

Using your CPAP machine or oral appliance will help you get the sleep that your body needs, so don’t avoid it. 

If you have any concerns or questions about managing your sleep apnea during the pandemic, please reach out to Dr. Patel at Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Center of Georgia for more information. We are here to help and ensure you are getting the rest you need to remain healthy and happy during the trying times of the COVID-19 pandemic.