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Does an ongoing occurrence of poor breathing prevent you from enjoying a proper night’s sleep every night? If so, we encourage you to speak with Dr. Golgoun Habibi or Dr. Saman Sajid about the possibility of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea has two common types, which are obstructive sleep apnea (obstruction in the airway) and central sleep apnea (brain signals being blocked and preventing breathing). Regardless of your type of sleep apnea, it’s important to understand the risk factors and how they can affect your condition.

Patients most likely to develop sleep apnea are male patients who are age 40 or older. However, anyone can be subjected to sleep apnea risk factors such as genetics, nasal obstruction and pre-existing health conditions.

Sometimes, genetics can cause you to naturally be at risk for sleep apnea because you may have inherited facial characteristics such as oversized tonsils, an enlarged tongue or a small jaw that can make breathing during sleep difficult. If any of your ancestors had a sleep disorder, you could also inherit this issue.

Keep in mind that certain seemingly unrelated issues like sinus issues and allergies can also play a role in sleep apnea. In fact, when patients have complications such as a deviated septum or an obstructed nasal passage, they often develop sleep apnea, too.

Contact Aesthetics & Essentials Dental Group at 650-623-0003 today if you would like to speak with one of our dentists about your options for sleep apnea treatment in Mountain View, California, and how you can improve your condition.