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Do you know that sleep apnea can be caused by a wide-ranging amount of issues stemming from your oral health all the way to uncontrollable genetics? Even your brain could be a fault for your sleep apnea. Knowing the causes of sleep apnea is one of the first steps you can take to determine if you have it, and then what you can do to prevent it.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder commonly associated with waking up multiple times a night, often unconscious, due to failure to breathe properly while fast asleep. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, your breathing habits are affected by an obstructed airway and proper airflow. If you have central sleep apnea, your brain signals sent from your brain to your chest muscles facilitating breathing are either disrupted or not received. Both are serious conditions and can lead to serious health defects.

Common causes of sleep apnea include genetics and weight issues. If you are overweight, over the age of 40, and a male, you are at the greatest risk for sleep apnea. In addition, having oversized tonsils or enlarged tongue, or a deviated septum can also cause sleep apnea. Other potential causes included allergies and sinuses.

If you would like to learn more about sleep apnea and to book a professional exam with Craniofacial Pain Center Of Colorado, contact us at our dentist office in Arvada, Colorado. Our number is 303.421.2696. Dr. Chase Bennett and our entire team can’t wait to see you smile!