What are the risk factors for Sleep Apnea?

Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air?

Do you snore loudly, waking your partner, disrupting your sleep?

sleep apnea snoring risk factorsSleep apnea is a dangerous sleep condition that can impact your quality of life, relationships, and health. If you snore loudly, wake gasping for air, or have any of the other risk factors- you should consider getting screened for sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue at the back of the throat collapses, blocking the airway, obstructing regular breathing patterns. The airway blockage deprives the body of oxygen.

A good night of rest is essential for living your best life. Do not let sleep apnea interfere with your quality of well being. Ask Arlington Heights, IL dentist Dr. Engelberg about sleep apnea, and your treatment options.

Sleep Apnea: Know Your Risk

It is important to know that anyone could develop sleep apnea. Children, adults, and the seniors of all ages, weights, and health have been diagnosed with the condition. However, specific risk factors increase the likelihood that you could develop obstructive sleep apnea.

Knowing your risk factors can help motivate you to get screened for sleep apnea- it could be life-saving.

You may be at risk of sleep apnea if you:

  • Are of the male sex
  • Have a large neck circumference
  • Are overweight
  • Have diabetes
  • Smoke tobacco
  • Drink alcohol heavily

Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that takes a toll on all aspects of your life- from your oral and physical health to you the way you think and feel. Sleep apnea has been linked to higher rates of depression, heart attacks, and chronic fatigue. Patients with sleep apnea may also suffer from chronic headaches, poor concentration, and dry mouth.

Do you have sleep apnea? If you suspect you have sleep apnea or have recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea, be sure to tell your dentist.

Dr. Brent Engelberg provides patients with customized oral appliance therapy for the treatment of sleep apnea. A discreet alternative to the bulky traditional CPAP machine, sleep appliance therapy keeps the airway open allowing for normal oxygen flow to through the body. The appliance is custom fabricated to fit comfortably and securely in the mouth during sleep. Patients enjoy a decrease in morning headaches, improved concentration, and a better night’s rest.