Did you know that sleep apnea is a condition in which an individual may begin to suffer interrupted breathing patterns while they sleep? Often times, it can be a difficult condition to detect because an individual cannot self-diagnose themselves due to the fact they are asleep when the condition occurs. However, if it goes untreated, it can cause serious health risks including heart failure, diabetes and heart attacks. Strokes are often common with sleep apnea as well.
Sleep apnea often arises in individuals who are 40, male and overweight. If you have large tonsils, a small jaw in relation to your face or a large tongue, you may be at an increased risk of the condition. Furthermore, individuals with a family history of sleep apnea, a nasal obstruction related to a deviated septum or any allergies and sinus problems may be at an increased risk as well.
Visit our dentist so that the appropriate treatments and procedures can be administered. It may be something as simple as adjusting your sleeping habits and sleeping on your side or may require an oral appliance or device to open up your airway and support your jaw. In serious conditions, surgery may be required.
If you suffer from sleep apnea, speak with RK Dentistry at 925-736-4201 to see which treatment is right for you. If you are in need of a dentist in Danville, California, you can schedule an oral examination with Dr. Richard J. Koeltl and our team at our dental office.