Have you ever heard of sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a common but serious sleep disorder that typically arises when your breathing patterns are broken up or interrupted. While you sleep, the muscles in your chest and your brain work in tandem to make sure you breathe effectively. If for any reason this is interrupted, it can lead to problems with your health down the road, including high blood pressure, strokes, and heart attacks.
Sleep apnea typically arises in two forms, central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea occurs when signals sent from your brain to your muscles in your chest are not received. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airway in your esophagus is blocked or obstructed. Both forms are highly dangerous if left untreated.
Depending on your oral health and genetics, you may be at a higher risk for sleep apnea. Males over the age of 40 are typically at the highest risk for sleep apnea. In addition, individuals with large tonsils, a large tongue, a deviated septum, a small jaw, or a family history of the oral health condition, may be at risk. In addition, allergies and sinuses can increase your risk for sleep apnea.
If you are looking to free your smile from the clutches of sleep apnea, contact Dr. Kimberlee J. Karey and our team at Kimberlee J. Karey, DDS. We can be reached by calling us at 734.668.6612 to book a reservation to see us at our office in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The perfect smile of your dreams is only a visit away!