The Trouble With Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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Do you or a loved one snore? If so, are you aware that snoring could cause many serious conditions to their health? Yes, it’s true! There are many forms of sleep apnea, but the most common type is called obstructive sleep apnea, which if identified needs to be treated and addressed for quality sleep and health.

Our dentist, Dr. Blaine Cusack, offers sleep apnea treatments to improve the quality of your sleep. That is why our team at Blaine P. Cusack, DDS in Countryside, Illinois, is eager to share with you common risks on those more likely to develop this condition.

Obstructive sleep apnea, also known as OSA, is a medical condition that distresses your breathing when you sleep, especially at night. This condition is treacherous because it restricts your airflow in your sleep and can lead to other serious conditions in your body that should not be ignored. Many people do not know they have this condition until told so by a partner.

While OSA can affect adults and children no matter the age, there are some critical factors to contemplate that seriously improve your chances of having it. Here are some increased risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea that may include you:

– Narrowed airway: Inflamed tonsils, illnesses, or a naturally narrow throat can cause this condition.
– Weight: Extra fat deposits around your throat and upper airway can make it more difficult for you to breath regularly at night.
– Alcohol: Alcohol of any kind is known to relax your body, including your throat and airway passages while you are sleeping.
– Men: Typically, men have a higher chance of developing this condition than women according to medical studies. However, women can still have it too.
– Age: OSA is often found in people over forty.
– Smoking: Smoking of any kind, especially tobacco causes inflammation and irritates your airway.

As you can see, many people can suffer from this condition. However, the good news is OSA can be treated! If you need help with your OSA, or if you have questions about your oral health, please call us today at 708-482-0300 to make an appointment. We look forward to welcoming you into our office.