Sleep apnea is a disorder in which breathing patterns are interrupted while a person sleeps. Although sleep apnea is common, it should be treated when it is discovered. If left unchecked, sleep apnea can cause many health issues, including heart attacks and strokes.
Two of the most common types of sleep apnea are obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea takes place when a person’s airways become blocked as they sleep. Central sleep apnea is caused when signals from the brain do not reach the body telling it to breathe while a person is asleep. Both types of sleep apnea can be very serious.
Normal risk factors for sleep apnea often include a genetic predisposition of some type. A family history of sleep apnea increases your chances of developing the disorder. Other factors include nasal blockages, sinus problems, a deviated septum, an enlarged tongue or tonsils, or a small jaw. Men over the age of 40 are at the highest risk for developing sleep apnea.
If you are concerned about sleep apnea, make an appointment to visit your dentist at Cleveland Dental Associates. Dr. Brittany Greer can give you an exam and talk to you about your options for treatment. You can reach our office in Cleveland, Texas, by calling us at 281-592-5865. Let us help you with all of your oral health care needs!