Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea

sleep apnea risk factors - PittsburghSleep apnea is a serious condition that, if left untreated, can prove fatal. This speaks to the importance of early treatment, but it also speaks to the importance of taking steps to prevent sleep apnea in the first place. We’ve helped treat a lot of Pittsburgh-area patients for sleep apnea, and they all say they wish they never had to deal with the problem.

The fact is, some of the risk factors for sleep apnea are beyond your control. But others are not. There are a lot of steps you can take that can sharply reduce your risk of developing this dangerous condition.

Here are some of the most common sleep apnea risk factors:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • A family history of sleep apnea
  • Gender – men are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea
  • The circumference of your neck
  • Nasal congestion or allergies
  • A deviated septum

As we said, some of these risk factors are beyond your control. But you can take control of your sleep and of your health by eating right, staying at or near your ideal bodyweight and giving up smoking.

Of course, you can do everything right and still suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. This is frustrating for both you and your sleep partner, but there are options. Our dentists will help you find a sleep apnea treatment that will help you get the restful, restorative sleep you need.

If you live in or around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and you have questions about sleep apnea and how it can be treated, please call Dentonics, Inc. today at 412-487-6910 for a consultation and examination.