Have you ever been diagnosed with sleep apnea? Although sleep apnea tends to be common in society, it’s a highly dangerous sleep disorder that can severely damage your health. If you suffer from sleep apnea, it is important to seek treatment right away. However, the condition often goes undetected as it occurs while you sleep.
There are a few risk factors that can increase the likelihood that you are suffering from sleep apnea including the following:
– Men over the age of 40
– Large tonsils
– A large tongue
– A small jaw relative to the overall size of your head and face
– Sinus or allergy issues
– A deviated septum
– Nasal blockages and Airway obstructions
– Genetics and a family history of the disorder
Sleep apnea typical occurs in two main forms. The first form, central sleep apnea arises when signals sent from your brain to your chest are not received by your breathing muscles. These signals carry instructions telling your breathing muscles to move to facilitate breathing while you’re asleep. If they are not received, sleep apnea will occur. Sporadic breathing patterns can also be caused due to obstructive sleep apnea. This occurs when there is an obstruction in the airway that is preventing you from taking full breaths while you sleep.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Affordable Dentistry and Orthodontics to see if you are a candidate for a sleep apnea treatment, please call Dr. Duane Taylor and the rest of our team at our office in Dallas, Texas at 214-330-7771. Come in and become a success story with a healthier smile today.