What are the risk factors for sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is caused when a person’s breathing is blocked during sleep, usually due physical traits like:
– small nasal airway
– fatty tissue
– smaller jaw
– larger tongue
– the presence of tonsils
When you sleep, the muscles around your throat and mouth relax. If you have any of the above physical factors, the chances of your airway being blocked are greatly increased. Even if your airway is only partially blocked, the minimal air volume getting through can reduce your quality of sleep and lead to serious health complications.
Sleep apnea can affect anyone, even children. But your risk factors for sleep apnea increase if you:
– Have excess weight
– Have a large neck circumference
– Are male
– Are older
– Have a family history of sleep apnea
– Use alcohol
– Use sedatives or muscle relaxants
– Smoke tobacco
– Have nasal congestion
Lighthouse Dental can help!
Ask us about Oral Appliance Therapy
– a remarkable and much-less obtrusive alternative to CPAP treatment for sleep apnea. The oral appliance is a small, custom-fit device, much like a retainer, that gently shifts the lower jaw forward slightly to open up your airway. It’s such a simple solution to help you sleep better and enjoy life again.