Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Risk Factors for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is thought to affect nearly 20 million Americans alone, and this life-threatening condition in which your breathing stops periodically during sleep can impact anyone regardless of age, gender or race.

However, there are also factors that indicate an increased risk for sleep apnea. If you suffer from regular loud snoring or other symptoms of sleep apnea and any of the risk factors detailed here apply to you, it is advisable to seek diagnosis for sleep apnea.

Left untreated, OSA can lead to daytime fatigue, recurring headaches and short-term memory problems as well as heighten your risk for severe health problems such as heart attack and hypertension. Traits that indicate a greater risk for developing sleep apnea include:

  • Overweight
  • Large neck size
  • Family history of sleep apnea
  • Narrow airway
  • Enlarged tonsils or adenoids
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes

Smokers and those who regularly consume alcohol or sedatives are also at increased risk for sleep apnea. OSA is more common among men, especially those over the age of 60.

There are a number of effective and comfortable sleep apnea treatments available that can help you and your family restore healthy, restful sleep. Many patients find success with the nightly use of custom-made oral appliances, which are designed to fit snugly and maintain an open airway as you sleep.

If you would like to learn more about sleep apnea treatment and locate a dentist near you who is qualified in the field of dental sleep medicine, please contact I Hate CPAP. We are proud to help patients from Illinois, Wisconsin and across the country.

posted by Steve at 3:06 PM