Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a serious health concern that can affect your sleep and quality of life. Slep apnea occurs when the airway is partially or completely blocked during sleep. OSA occurs because the muscles in the throat fail to keep the airway open. Most patients don’t even realize they have OSA because obstructive sleep apnea occurs during sleep. However, you may begin to notice some of the symptoms associated with obstructive sleep apnea. There are many symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea such as loud snoring, headaches, and fatigue.
Risks of Sleep Apnea
There are many factors that can contribute to the development of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is generally seen in older, overweight men. However, anyone can develop sleep apnea. Some of these risk factors are due to age and lifestyle while others are hereditary.
- Excess weight – excessive weight can contribute to blocked airways
- Large neck – fat tissue around the neck can make it more difficult to breath
- Narrow airway – some people are born with a narrow airway
- Being male – men are twice as likely than women to develop obstructive sleep apnea
- Family history – having family members who have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea may put you at a higher risk
- Hypertensive – high blood pressure is common for people with obstructive sleep apnea
- Diabetes – obstructive sleep apnea has been linked to people who suffer from diabetes
Schedule An Appointment
If you are experiencing any symptoms of sleep apnea or you are at risk for developing sleep apnea, it is necessary to schedule a screening at the Caroline Sleep Solutions in Charlotte, NC.
Dr. Richard Van Gurp is a highly qualified dentist with advanced training in sleep apnea treatment and diagnosis. For patients considered at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Van Gurp can offer a sleep test and free consultation to determine if you have developed sleep apnea.
Patients who have been treated feel rested and more energized than before. If you suffer from any symptoms, like snoring, or have any of the risk factors above, it is important to schedule a free screening and consultation today. An effective solution will help you sleep and feel better.