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Do you know the risks associated with sleep apnea and how to spot them before further damage can occur? Sleep apnea is a condition in which irregular breathing patterns occur while you sleep. Oftentimes, sleep apnea is accompanied by snoring, although just because you snore does not mean you have sleep apnea. Common types of sleep apnea are as follows:

– Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea in which your airway is restricted during sleep.
– Central sleep apnea occurs when brain signals are sent to your breathing muscles but are not properly received. In some cases, your brain may fail to signal the muscles to breathe.

There are numerous risks for sleep apnea that can increase your likelihood of developing the disorder, including the following:

– being over the age of 40
– obesity
– large tonsils or tongue
– a small jaw in relation to the overall size of your face
– a family history of the disorder
– a nasal obstruction such as a deviated septum
– sinus problems

If you are suffering from sleep apnea, it can increase your risk of diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, stroke or a heart attack. Thus, it must be treated immediately. Treatments are as follows:

– Adjustments to your sleeping habit including avoiding sleeping on your back
– Oral health appliances such as those designed to support your jaw
– Continuous positive air pressure devices, also known as CPAPs
– Surgery to help open your airway

Do you think you suffer from sleep apnea or do you think you’re at an increased risk for the condition? Visit All Family Dental today for additional care for your smile. We can be reached by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Richard Timm and our team at our dental office in Oakdale, Minnesota, by calling us at 651.222.9715.