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What causes sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition where a person's sleep is disrupted by irregular and erratic breathing patterns. It can seriously negatively impact your sleep, which causes related health problems.

Sleep Apnea Has Many Factors

Sleep apnea affects people of all ages, but the risk is increased by the following:

  • Obesity 
  • Nasal congestion
  • Cigarette smoking 
  • Genetic factors in nasal shape
  • Alcohol or night-time medications
  • Hormone abnormalities

Sleep apnea can occur for several different reasons, but you need an evaluation to know for sure.

Types of Sleep Apnea 

There are two main types of sleep apnea: obstructive and central sleep apnea.

  1. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs as a physical problem with your airway, causing temporary lapses in breathing. 
  2. Central sleep apnea (CSA) is a neural condition related to your brain's ability to control respiration, leading to irregular breathing.

You may also have a combination of the two types.

Antelope Creek Family Dentistry dentists can help you determine the most effective treatment for your specific sleep apnea. We can help patients of all types. If you suspect you have sleep apnea, give us a call for effective treatment so you may experience a good night's sleep again.

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