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Did you know that sleep apnea can not only affect your sleep patterns, but it could also put you at risk for serious health problems, including high blood pressure, stroke, and heart failure? Sleep apnea is a serious yet common sleep disorder involving failed breathing while you sleep.

Some common causes of sleep apnea include genetic predispositions, and environmental factors. Even the weather can play a role in sleep apnea, especially if you are suffering from nasal allergies or sinus congestions.

Oftentimes, genetics may be the cause. Disproportions such as oversized tonsils or tongue or undersized jaws can increase your risk for sleep apnea. You are also at risk for sleep apnea if you have a deviated septum. Males also tend to be at risk more than females, as are people over the age of 40.

If you do have Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, the sleep doctor will discuss options with you. These options may include such things as Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) therapy treatments, oral appliance therapy, or surgery.

Although OSA is a common form of sleep apnea, there is another kind of sleep apnea called central sleep apnea. Central Sleep Apnea is caused by brain signals–in order to breathe properly your brain communicates with your chest muscles to move accordingly while you sleep, and thus facilitate the proper motions to breathe. However, in some instances, those signals may not be received.

If you would like to meet with Dr. Jeremy D. Hatch and our team at Mountain View Dental for an oral examination, please call 435-635-9471 to schedule an appointment at our dentist office in Hurricane, Utah. Come on in to learn more about your options to get the you breathing right and smiling big!