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A common question that is often wondered is if sleep apnea can be prevented? The answer is yes and often lies in the causes of the disorder. Due to the wide variety of causes of sleep apnea, it is important to determine which risk factors you may have. Everything from your gender to your age and weight can play a role in the development of the disorder.

Sleep apnea is often characterized by irregular breathing patterns that occur when you are fast asleep. The two most common forms of sleep apnea are central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea occurs when the signals that are responsible or breathing are not received by your chest muscles from your brain. With obstructive sleep apnea, your airway is physically blocked, which prevents the necessary amount of air from flowing correctly.

You may be at an increased risk for sleep apnea if you are a male, over the age of 40, suffer from nasal blockages or obstructions, have sinus problems, have allergy issues, have a deviated septum, or have an enlarged tongue or tonsils. Treating your sleep apnea begins by determining what is causing it.

If you are ready to take the next step for better oral health free of sleep apnea, set an appointment with Smiles of Distinction and our dentist office in Savage, Minnesota. We can easily be reached at 952-894-2545. Dr. Bartholemew Schultz and the rest of our team look forward to taking your smile into the future!