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Sleep apnea is a very common but harmful condition that affects many people today. Oxygen is vital for our lives, and when it is restricted, even by a little, it can have serious health consequences.

With sleep apnea, a person’s airways can become restricted or blocked for a multitude of reasons. In addition, through no fault of their own, a person’s brain could simply fail to relay the message adequately for their muscles to contract and expand, allowing unconscious breathing to occur. To find out if sleep apnea is ruining your health, consider the following:

— Sleep apnea is most commonly discovered in men over the age of 40.

— Oversized tonsils, susceptible genetics, a deviated septum, and various allergies are all risks for sleep apnea that you may have no control over.

— Your body’s position as you sleep could elevate your risk for obstructed airways and sleep apnea.

— If you are overweight, you are in danger of developing sleep apnea.

— Sleep apnea is often spotted in individuals who snore while asleep.

— If you have a temporomandibular disorder, also called TMD, you could be at an increased risk for sleep apnea.

If left unchecked, sleep apnea could cause or increase your risk for diabetes, ADD, ADHD, mood swings, depression, high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks, and even death. Fortunately, if you have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, our doctor may recommend a Respire Series oral appliance which adjusts the mouth to allow for easier breathing. This oral appliance fits comfortably over your teeth to keep your airway open while you sleep.

For an oral exam at Chad Latino DDS PA to check for sleep apnea, and any other treatments you may need, please contact Dr. Chad Latino at our dentist office in Waco, Texas, by calling 254-230-0737. We look forward to perfecting your oral health care and giving you the quality of sleep you deserve!