Are you suffering from sleep apnea? Would you know it even if you did? Sleep apnea is a common but hard to diagnose sleeping disorder resulting from obstructed airways or broken breathing patterns while you sleep. It can easily go undiagnosed because patients are not aware of it.
Two of the most common forms of sleep apnea are obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when a person’s airways become blocked as they sleep. Central sleep apnea is the result of faulty brain signals. For a person to breathe when they sleep, signals are sent from the brain to the breathing muscles in the chest instructing them to breathe. However, with central sleep apnea disorder, these signals may not always be received. Both forms are extremely dangerous and can result in heart attacks, strokes, and even death.
Common risk factors for sleep apnea often include genetics in some form or another. A deep family history of sleep apnea greatly increases your risk of developing the disorder. Additional risks include a deviated septum, nasal blockages, sinus problems, an enlarged tongue or tonsils, or a small jaw in relation to your face. Men over the age of 40 are most at risk for sleep apnea.
Depending on your age and oral health, our dentist at [practice_name] can help you find which sleep apnea treatment will work best for you. Dr. [doctor_name] and our team would love to see you at our dentist office in [city], [state]. To schedule an appointment, please call us at [phone]. We will be glad to help you achieve the results you are looking for.