Sleep Apnea Risk Factors

Dentists Serving Patients in Sarasota, Venice, Bradenton & Nearby Areas of Florida

Certain factors can increase your risk of developing sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing for 10 seconds or more several times a night. Sleep apnea not only prevents you from getting a good night's rest, it also causes your body’s oxygen levels to become dangerously low, making you vulnerable to significant health problems.

If you are concerned you may have sleep apnea, or if you have recently been diagnosed, we can provide you with effective treatment through flexible, custom-fitted dental appliances. Call us today at (941) 444-2480 for more information.

Factors Contributing to Sleep Apnea

Factors that may put you at a higher risk for sleep apnea include:

  • Being overweight
  • Large neck circumference
  • Large tongue or tonsils
  • Being male
  • Advanced age
  • Alcohol use
  • Sedative use
  • Smoking
  • Family history of sleep apnea
  • Nasal congestion

If you do not have any of these risk factors, this does not necessarily mean that you do not have sleep apnea. These factors simply increase your overall risk for sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea – the most common form – is caused by the over-relaxation of the muscles in the back of your throat. These muscles support your tongue, uvula, and other throat tissues. If the muscles relax more than they are supposed to while you are asleep, the sagging tissues can obstruct your airway, making you unable to take a breath, and causing the oxygen level in your blood to drop.

Diagnosing Sleep Apnea

If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, you must be evaluated by a qualified sleep specialist. We cannot do this for you, but we can refer you to a local sleep clinic to get a proper diagnosis. Once you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, our experienced Sarasota sleep apnea treatment team can work with your sleep specialist to provide the best sleep apnea treatment possible for you.

For moderate cases of sleep apnea, we often use an orthotic device to treat the disorder. Your orthotic will be individually fitted for the highest level of comfort and effectiveness, and is designed to prevent soft tissue from collapsing in the back of your throat, keeping your airway clear and open.

If you are seeking sleep apnea treatment in our around the Sarasota, Venice, or Bradenton areas of Florida, please contact The Smile Centre today to schedule an initial consultation. Call (941) 444-2480 for our Sarasota office, or (941) 444-2468 for our Venice office.