Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which an individual’s airflow is obstructed while they sleep. While it is very common, it is still quite serious. Sleep apnea affects not only your sleep patterns, but it can also put you at risk for serious health problems. These can include high blood pressure, stroke, or heart failure.
Sleep apnea can be caused by genetic predispositions, or environmental factors. Even the weather can play a role in sleep apnea, particularly if you are suffering from sinus congestion or allergies.
Genetic factors may also play a role in whether you have sleep apnea. Some genetic factors that could contribute to having sleep apnea include:
–males are more at risk than females
–you are more at risk if you are over 40 years old.
If you do have Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, the sleep doctor will discuss treatment options with you. These options may include such things as Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) therapy treatments, surgery, or oral appliance therapy. Consulting with your doctor will help determine if you have sleep apnea, and potential treatments.
If you suspect that you may have sleep apnea and you are in the [city], [state] area, feel free to call [practice_name] at [phone] to schedule an appointment! Dr. [doctor_name] and our team will be happy to help get you sleeping right and smiling big!