Causes of Sleep Apnea

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Fri, 10/05/2012

The causes of sleep apnea vary depending on the type of apnea you have. Central sleep apnea occurs when signals from your brain fail to reach your breathing muscles. This form of sleep apnea is more common in men over the age of 65 who have a preexisting medical condition such as heart disease or a brain tumor.

Obstructive sleep apnea is caused when the muscles in the back of your throat relax to such an extent that they block proper oxygen flow. This type of sleep apnea is more common in males who are over the age of 60, but can occur much earlier in life when other risk factors are present.

Sleep Apnea Risk Factors

Age, genetics, sex, and race play a role in both types of sleep apnea. However, obstructive sleep apnea may be more likely in people who:

  • Use sedatives or narcotics
  • Smoke
  • Consume large amounts of alcohol
  • Are overweight

If you have any of these risk factors and have begun to notice symptoms such as daytime fatigue, irritability, or frequent waking during the night, Fresno sleep apnea dentist Dr. Greg Miyake can work with your doctor to determine if a dental solution can help restore a full night’s sleep.

If you are suffering from sleep apnea in the Fresno, Clovis, or Madera areas of California, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS to schedule an initial consultation today.