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Are you aware that sleep apnea is a disorder that occurs when individuals have interrupted breathing patterns while they sleep? Although sleep apnea is difficult to detect, there are various risk factors involved in the development and presence of the disorder.

Your gender and genetics may play a pivotal role in your chances of developing sleep apnea. Males over the age of 40 are at the highest risk for developing sleep apnea disorder. Furthermore, those with enlarged tonsils or an enlarged tongue, a deviated septum, nasal blockages, allergies, and sinuses, are more likely to develop signs of sleep apnea.

One of the most common varieties of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. This often takes place when a person’s airways are blocked. Obstructive sleep apnea can result by laying incorrectly or having an object too close to your mouth while you sleep. Another form is central sleep apnea, which occurs when messages sent from the brain to the chest are not received. The signals are intended to aid with breathing while a person sleeps. Both forms of sleep apnea are extremely serious and can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attacks.

To learn more about sleep apnea disorder, contact Dr. Tayo Ogunsola and our team at Abba Aesthetic Smiles & Orthodontics LLC by calling us at 214-436-5400. If you would like an oral exam or bi-annual professional cleaning, our dentist office is located in Frisco, Texas. A healthy smile is a happy smile!