Sleep Apnea – who is at risk?

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Obstructive sleep apnea is a common condition. About half of the people who have this condition are overweight.

Men are more likely than women to have sleep apnea. Although the condition can occur at any age, the risk increases as you get older.  A family history of sleep apnea also increases your risk for the condition.

People who have small airways in their noses, throats, or mouths are more likely to have sleep apnea. Small airways might be due to the shape of these structures or allergies or other conditions that cause congestion.

Small children might have enlarged tonsil tissues in their throats. Enlarged tonsil tissues raise a child’s risk for sleep apnea. Overweight children also might be at increased risk for sleep apnea.

About half of the people who have sleep apnea also have high blood pressure. Sleep apnea also is linked to smoking, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and risk factors for stroke and heart failure.

Most common Sleep Apnea Symptoms

  • Interrupted Breathing (Apnea episodes)
  • Snoring
  • Feeling Tired During the Day
  • Mood
  • Nighttime Urination
  • Dry Mouth
  • Restless Sleep
  • Sex Life Implications
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches

See Here, Complete details of each of the symptoms above.

Home Sleep Study for Sleep Apnea

If you suspect that either yourself or someone you know may have sleep apnea, the first step is to make an appointment with one of our dentists to discuss your concerns and symptoms. If it is determined that you may likely be suffering from sleep apnea, the next step will be to prescribe a home sleep study. A home sleep study is a convenient way to collect information about your sleep. When those results are returned, your  dentist will recommend the best treatment for you.

Looking for a Sleep Apnea Specialist?

If you are located in Rolling Hills, Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo Beach, Torrance or surrounding beach cities, we encourage you schedule an appointment to find out if you have sleep apnea and what we can do to help.