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You may be at an advanced risk for sleep apnea and not even know it. Fortunately, there are many signs that are readily visible that could show if you are indeed suffering from the effects of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea comes in many forms and is often characterized by irregular breathing patterns and disruptions caused while sleeping.

One of the most common forms of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. This often occurs when a person’s airways are blocked. This could be caused by laying incorrectly or having an object too close to their mouth. Another form is central sleep apnea. This occurs when a signal sent from the brain to the chest is not received. The signal is intended to facilitate breathing while a person sleeps. Both forms are highly serious and can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attacks.

Your gender and genetics may play a key role in your chances of getting sleep apnea. Males over the age of 40 are the most at risk for developing the sleep disorder. In addition, those with enlarged tonsils or tongue, a deviated septum, nasal blockages, allergies, and sinuses, are likely to develop signs of sleep apnea.

If you would like to learn more about sleep apnea or to book a professional cleaning with Progressive Sleep & Wellness, contact us at our dentist office in Gilbert, Arizona. Our number is 866-54-SLEEP. Dr. Sheldon Sullivan and our entire team look forward to your visit.