Sleep apnea is a health condition in which your sleep is disrupted because of interruptions to your breathing patterns. There are two of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your airways become blocked. Central sleep apnea is the result of the signals from your brain failing to reach your chest muscles. Men over the age of 40 are at risk for sleep apnea. If you are overweight you may experience sleep apnea. Large tonsils, a large tongue, a family history of the condition, as well as allergies or sinus problems can also put you at risk for sleep apnea. It is important to make sure that your sleep apnea is treated as soon as possible, or it can contribute to problems such as high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks. Your dentist, can make suggestions about adjusting your sleeping habits and can provide you with oral appliances to address your sleep apnea.
Your health can receive a boost with sleep apnea treatments. If you would like to visit the dental office of El Cerro Dental in Danville, California, you can schedule your appointment by calling us at 925-837-8564. Dr. Gary Cappelletti and our entire team look forward to providing you with the sleep apnea prevention and care you need.