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Did you know that your age and health could be a potential risk factor for sleep apnea? Your gender and genetics also play heavy roles in your likelihood to develop the sleep disorder. Sleep apnea is generally characterized by irregular breathing patterns as you sleep. If left unchecked, you could be at an increased risk for strokes and heart attacks.

Sleep apnea is most often found in males over the age of 40. Other risk factors include sinus or allergy problems, an oversized tongue or tonsils, a deviated septum, and nasal obstructions or various blockages therein.

The two most common forms of sleep apnea are obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Both are common, yet fairly serious. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when there is a blockage to your airways as you sleep, which may be influenced by the direction or manner in which you are sleeping. Central sleep apnea occurs when signals from the brain sent to the breathing muscles are not properly received. This can result in irregular breathing patterns and a difficulty in breathing while asleep.

Are you ready to protect your oral health from sleep apnea disorder? To discuss your treatment options with Dr. Mike Roussel and the rest of our team at My Dentist Albuquerque, simply book an appointment at our dentist office in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our number is 505-881-4365, and we look forward to improving your oral health and quality of life.