Sleep apnea disorder is a process where regular breathing patterns are disrupted during sleep. Although sleep apnea is commonly associated with snoring, just because you snore does not mean you have sleep apnea. Two of the most common types of sleep apnea are obstructive sleep apnea, which is caused by obstructed airflow, and central sleep apnea, which is caused by disruptions in your brain signals.
Although sleep apnea can affect everyone at any age, it is most common in men over 40 years of age. Additional risks for developing sleep apnea include: being overweight, having large tonsils, genetics, deviated septum, allergies, and sinus problems. If you have or are at risk of developing sleep apnea, it is important to seek treatment immediately.
The dangers of sleep apnea vary greatly. Sleep apnea can cause diabetes, ADHD, depression, high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks, and even death. If you or someone you know has sleep apnea, seek out treatment options.
OC Smiles Solutions can assist those with sleep apnea disorder. If you would like to learn more about sleep apnea, or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Sean Thompson at our office in Laguna Niguel, California, by calling us at 949.558.0111. Treatment for sleep apnea is available. Contact us today!