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Are you aware of the risk factors associated with sleep apnea and whether or not you are at an increased risk for developing the disorder? Sleep apnea arises when individuals experience breathing pattern interruptions while they are asleep. One common sign that sleep apnea is occurring is snoring. However, just because you snore does not mean you also have sleep apnea.

Several risk factors exist to alert you to the presence of sleep apnea. This includes the following:

– if you are overweight

– if you are over 40

– if you are a male

– if you have large tonsils or a large tongue

– if you have a nasal obstruction with a deviated septum

– if you are experiencing sinus and nasal problems

If you are suffering from any of these risk factors, you may be suffering from sleep apnea or be at a heightened risk of the disorder. If left untreated, it can lead to stroke, heart failure and several other oral health issues.

Once your dentist has determined whether or not you are suffering from sleep apnea, they can provide treatment as needed. Oftentimes, it can consist of changes in the way you sleep or the use of specialized oral appliances to help correct your jawbone and open your airway. Surgery can also be helpful.           

For additional help with treating sleep apnea, please call H. Michael Long, DDS so we can get you in to see Dr. Long or Dr. Thurman as soon as possible. Our office is located in Tullahoma, Tennessee. To reach us, call our office at 931-455-2595.