Am I at Risk for Sleep Apnea?

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Mon, 08/26/2013

In some instances, sleep apnea is linked to genetics or family traits such as a larger neck circumference and a narrow airway. Sleep apnea is also more common in males who are over the age of 60, though race may also play a role as those of African descent tend to develop the condition with greater frequency.

In addition to these factors, some lifestyle choices increase your risk for sleep apnea. These include:

  • Excessive weight
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol or sedative use
  • Inactivity

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, Tulare dentist Gregory Miyake can work with your doctor to find the least invasive and most effective way to restore a good night’s sleep.

Treating Sleep Apnea

Dr. Miyake has found that snoring treatments such as mouthguards and oral splints are incredibly effective at treating some forms of sleep apnea. These devices can help oral tissue relax while also holding your tongue in place, better enabling proper airflow. Dental appliances will not work for every type of sleep apnea, but Dr. Miyake will be happy to work with you on an individual basis to see if this noninvasive treatment is right for you.

To learn more about sleep apnea treatment in the Tulare, California area, please contact Gregory D. Miyake today to schedule an initial consultation.