Risk Factors of Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that affects many Americans, resulting in sleep deprivation, difficulty breathing, and a number of health problems. Untreated, sleep apnea can lead to worsening of these conditions. Our dental professionals here at Open Door Family Dentistry want to assist you and work to get a better rest tonight!

Central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea are the two types of sleep apnea you may be treated for. Most Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, the result of soft tissue blocking the airway. This tissue isn’t typically bothersome until it collapses when you fall asleep at night. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain is unable send signals, which prevents muscles meant for breathing to function correctly.

Certain factors of sleep apnea can be related to different risks. Most common risks related to sleep apnea include people over 40 years old, male, excessive weight, sleep apnea family history, nasal congestion (typically due to allergies, a sinus problem or deviated septum), or the use of alcohol or smoking. This can result in many health problems if left untreated. This can include depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, or possible heart failure, heart attack, or irregular heartbeat.

Dr. Ryan Bailey and our team wants to help you get the treatment you need to sleep well the rest of your life without sleep apnea deterring your lifestyle. Visit our clinic in Grants Pass, Oregon, by setting up a consultation or appointment, calling us at 541-479-5505. Let Open Door Family Dentistry assist you today!