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If you haven’t already done so, it is important to make sure you are limiting your risk for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious sleeping disorder in which breathing patterns are interrupted or impaired while asleep. This can be caused by numerous factors and can lead to severe oral ailments and health issues including heart failure and stroke.

If you’re at a heightened risk of sleep apnea, it is often due to issues arising from your health. In addition, if you are over the age of 40 and overweight, you will be at an increased risk for sleep apnea. Furthermore, your gender, a family history of the condition, or genetic predispositions can increase your risk for sleep apnea. Additional risk factors include a large tongue, a small jaw, large tonsils, a nasal obstruction, a deviated septum, sinus problems, and allergies.

Fortunately, sleep apnea can be treated. One of those highly effective treatments involves continuous positive air pressure devices, also noticed CPAPs. Furthermore, your dentist can prescribe for you oral appliances that can support your jaw and prevent your airway from collapsing. If necessary, surgery can also be used.

If you are ready to take the next step to achieve a fantastic smile with sleep apnea treatments, schedule an appointment with Twin Falls Family Dentistry at our dentist office in Greer, South Carolina by calling 864-663-5019. Dr. Peter McPherson and the rest of our team look forward to seeing you.