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Did you know that sleep apnea is a common condition but can have serious ramifications on your overall health? Sleep apnea can form from two different ways. It is important to be aware that obstructive sleep apnea occurs to blocked airflow while central sleep apnea is linked to improperly received brain signals from your brain to your breathing muscles in your chest. Both forms can cause serious issues if left untreated.

Often times for sleep apnea, an individual may notice that they have high blood pressure or depression. If left untreated, it can lead to a heart attack and stroke. Typically, an individual with sleep apnea may need to adjust their sleeping habits or apply an oral appliance. Continuous positive air pressure devices, also known as CPAPs, can open your airways and allow air to pass through your airway as needed. In other cases, surgery or jaw support treatments may be required.

You may be at an increased risk of sleep apnea if you suffer from a family history of the condition, a large tongue, large tonsils, a nasal obstruction, or allergies and sinus problems. To help treat sleep apnea, visit our doctor.

To upgrade your smile with sleep apnea treatments, you are welcome to schedule a visit with Kimberlee J. Karey, DDS in Ann Arbor, Michigan. If you would like Dr. Kimberlee J. Karey and our team to bring you in for an oral exam, please call our dental office at 734.668.6612.