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Do you often have to forego a proper night’s sleep due to a habit of poor breathing at night? If so, you may have a condition known as sleep apnea that is affecting your ability to fall asleep and remain at rest. Blocked brain signals can result in central sleep apnea, while an obstruction of the airway can cause you to have obstructive sleep apnea. No matter which type of sleep apnea you have, it can result in labored breathing that disrupts your sleep. We invite you to learn more about the causes of sleep apnea and factors that play a role.

Sleep apnea can develop from a variety of factors, with some of the more basic contributions being genetics, nasal obstruction and certain medical disorders. Patients most likely to be at risk of sleep apnea are men who are over 40 years old. When genetics play a role, this is usually manifested as a sleep apnea problem that was inherited and can be found in other family members. Certain facial characteristics passed on through DNA that contributes to sleep apnea include oversized tonsils, a small jaw and an enlarged tongue.

The development of allergies, a sinus issue or other health disorders can increase your risk of sleep apnea. In fact, many patients who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea also struggle with nasal passage obstruction or a condition such as a deviated septum.

If you would like to learn more about sleep apnea treatment in Lexington, North Carolina, you are welcome to contact Sarah E. Frye, DDS PA at 336.248.5057 today for a consultation with our dentist. Dr. Sarah Frye and our team would be happy to answer your questions and address your concerns.