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Is sleep apnea disrupting your sleeping patterns? Sleep apnea is a common, yet serious sleeping condition that results when breathing patterns are blocked or disrupted. Irregular breathing patterns can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attacks, so it is important to diagnose and discover the causes of potential sleep apnea disorders as soon as possible.

Sleep apnea often goes undetected because it occurs while you sleep. However, there are various risk factors that can put you at an increased risk for the ailment. If you are a male over 40 years old, you are more likely to develop the disorder. Other common risk factors include nasal blockages, sinus problems common allergies, enlarged tonsils, an enlarged tongue, and a deviated septum. If you suffer from any of these conditions, schedule a checkup for sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea can be caused by a blockage of your airway. This can be the result of excessive weight gain or even the position at which you sleep at night. This form of sleep apnea is referred to as obstructive sleep apnea. Another common form of sleep apnea is central sleep apnea, which results when signals from the brain to the chest muscles that facilitate breathing are not received correctly.

If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, please stop by Dr. Brian Scaff for an oral exam from Dr. Brian Scaff and our team at our amazing dentist facility in Austin, Texas. Schedule your visit by calling us at 512-792-2688. Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!