Sleep apnea is a common and dangerous condition thought to afflict upward of 20 million Americans. Although people of any age, gender or nationality can develop sleep apnea, there are factors that can place you at an increased risk for sleep apnea.
If you or a loved one suffers from chronic snoring, the Hoboken sleep dentists at Frank R. DePaola DDS & Associates may be able to help you determine whether you have sleep apnea and recommend a custom treatment option. Untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to an increased risk for severe health problems, including heart attack, stroke, hypertension and cardiac arrhythmia.
Generally speaking, adult males are more likely to develop sleep apnea. But sleep apnea can also occur in children, and many women suffer from sleep apnea as well.
Other risk factors for sleep apnea include:
- Being overweight
- Physical features, such as a narrow throat, or enlarged tonsils or adenoids
- Family history of sleep apnea
- Regular use of alcohol or sedatives
- Having a large neck
Although sleep apnea is a dangerous condition that can affect your general health, there are a number of sleep apnea treatments available. Your dentist can help you determine the best solution for your unique needs.
If you would like to learn more about sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment, please contact Frank R. DePaola DDS & Associates to schedule your personal consultation. Our sleep dentists welcome patients from the Hoboken, Jersey City and Newark areas.