Do you know what can increase your chance of developing sleep apnea? If not, you are in luck because we can tell you! There are many reasons a person can start snoring. Most of us snore when we are sick for example due to nasal congestion. However, if you or a loved one is snoring persistently, every time they sleep, then this could be a problem on your oral health.
Our dentist, Dr. Krupakar Reddy Yeturu, is happy to share with you information on sleep apnea. That is why our team at Ontario Chino Dental Center in Ontario, California, has developed this list of risk factors, so you know if you are at risk for this condition.
Obstructive sleep apnea, also known as OSA, is a chronic condition that affects your breathing when you sleep. This condition is dangerous because it restricts your airflow in your body and can lead to other serious conditions in your body that should not be ignored.
Even if OSA can affect adults and children of all ages, there are still some aspects to consider that dramatically enhance your chances of getting it. Here are various risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea:
– Men: Men have a significantly larger chance of developing this condition according to medical studies.
– Your age: OSA is most common in people over forty years old.
– Excess weight: Fat pockets around your throat, neck and upper airway can make it more difficult for you to breath at night.
– Narrowed airway: Illnesses, enlarged tonsils or a naturally narrow throat passage can cause this condition.
– Alcohol: Alcohol is recognized as a relaxing agent for your body and muscles, including your throat and airway passages.
– Smoking: Smoking causes irritation and swelling in your airway passages.
If you think you might have OSA, please call us today at 909-984-2476 to set up an appointment. Our team is qualified to help you with this condition and is happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about your care.