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If you are frequently tired, sleep apnea may be to blame. Because the disorder is so difficult to detect, mainly because we are asleep when it arises, it can go untreated for many years. If a sleep partner or roommate has ever commented to you that you snore heavily at night, you will want to visit our office for a dental checkup to see if you have sleep apnea. Although not everybody who snores is likely to have sleep apnea, everybody who has sleep apnea is much more prone to snoring.

One important reminder about sleep apnea is that not all versions are caused by blocked airways. However, while a form of sleep apnea called obstructive sleep apnea is caused by blocked airways, another form exists which is known as central sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea occurs when signals from your brain are sent to the muscles in your chest that assist with breathing, but they are not properly received.

Various risk factors that play into sleep apnea include age and gender. Males over the age of 40 are frequently at the highest risk. Other known risks for sleep apnea are large tonsils, a large tongue, a deviated septum, a small jaw, sinus problems, weight problems, and allergy issues. If sleep apnea goes untreated, you can increase your risk for a variety of disorders including strokes and heart attacks.

If you would like a sleep apnea treatment from our dentist office in Clearwater, Florida, please contact us at 727-785-7202. Dr. Charles Peter and the rest of our team will ensure you get the well-rested smile you desire. On behalf of our team, we hope you have a wonderful day!