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If you are suffer from sleep apnea, you could be at risk for several health problems.You need to visit with your dentist to address the problem.

Central sleep apnea occurs when signals from your brain are not received by the muscles in your chest that help you breathe. A very common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which your airflow is blocked, while you sleep.

Several factors can make you more likely to develop sleep apnea including your age, your gender and your weight. If you are a male over the age of 40 you may be at a higher risk for sleep apnea. If you are overweight, sleep apnea may be a concern for you. Other common risk factors associated with sleep apnea include a family history of the condition or issues such as large tonsils, a large tongue, or a deviated septum.

If you do not treat sleep apnea, it can lead to severe health risks including depression, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and even heart attacks. You may only need to change your sleeping position, or have your dentist create an appliance for you. There are also devices you can use to relieve the symptoms of sleep apnea. In some cases, surgery may be required.

Are there any remaining questions you have about sleep apnea? To learn more about sleep apnea treatments, you are welcome to schedule a visit to our dentist in Mt. Vernon, Washington. Dr. Janette Carroll and our team at Janette Carroll, DDS look forward to helping you in any way we can! To contact us, please call our dental office at 360-424-0123.