As we step into the next part of the COVID-19 pandemic by entering an endemic stage that means we will live with this disease just as we do with the cold or flu, we need to understand the impact obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may have on our health.

Studies have shown that patients with OSA have a greater risk of contracting COVID-19 and having severe disease. OSA is an intermittent blockage of airflow during sleep, and that attack on the respiratory system can lead to hospitalization or respiratory failure when combined with COVID-19.

Sleep apnea increases risk

Studies have shown that those with OSA are at a greater risk of contracting COVID-19, oftentimes resulting in hospitalization and respiratory failure. It is important to note that OSA is highly underdiagnosed. The numbers may be even higher, but symptoms can go unnoticed. 

During the pandemic, there have been “health care avoidance behaviors” which could also be a part of the data or lack thereof. With any study, there are variables.  

Keep this in mind

Those with OSA are at a greater risk of contracting COVID-19 and requiring hospitalization. As we know, both OSA and COVID-19 directly affect the respiratory system. The combination of these two diseases is detrimental, and should be taken very seriously. 

COVID-19 has become an unfortunate and devastating part of our lives–and one we have to live with forever. It is important to take every precaution you can to prevent the spread. Talk to your doctor today to address any high-risk factors you may be facing. 

As we learn how to navigate COVID-19 as an endemic that is part of our lives moving forward, let’s find relief from your sleep apnea to further protect yourself from severe illness. Contact us at Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Center of Georgia to learn more.