We often talk about how to recognize the presence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)and we’ve talked more than once about possible treatment options. But how does sleep apnea start? In today’s blog, we’re looking at risk factors and more that our Spring, TX, patients should be aware of!
There are certain risk factors you should be aware of. OSA sufferers tend to be over the age of 55 and the disorder skews toward men. However, women and younger adults can still develop the disorder. Other risk factors include large neck circumference, congestion, sinus issues, deviated septum, obesity, and excessive alcohol consumption. All of these factors increase the risk of sleep apnea developing.
When should you talk to your dentist about treatment? Well, you first need to know what common indicators to watch for. You should take note of frequent dry mouth when waking up, snoring, moodiness, or trouble concentrating on tasks at work or school. Headaches, problems staying awake behind the wheel, and daytime exhaustion could also indicate the presence of a sleep disorder.
Long Term Dangers
Without treatment, over time the disorder actually increases the risk of depression. In addition, patients may be more likely to develop high blood pressure and with it, an elevated chance of heart attack or stroke. Don’t let chronic sleep loss impact your overall health and quality of life, talk to your dentist.
Personalized Sleep Solutions
We will send you home with a small device to register any sleep apnea episodes as you rest at home. We will then recommend the most appropriate treatment, which is typically a custom-made sleep appliance. Worn like a nightguard, the device helps keep airways open and prevents apneic episodes. If you have any questions about identifying sleep apnea, or if you think you may need a diagnosis or sleep solution, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About OSA?
We’re ready to help you enjoy better sleep and a reduced risk of OSA. To learn more, call Houston Sleep Solutions in Spring, TX, at (281) 320-2000, or in Pearland, TX, at (832) 564-3508.