Virginia beach Cosmetic and Neuromuscular Dentistry Blog - Dr. Michael Folck

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sleep Apnea Risk Factors

Norfolk dentist Dr. Michael Folck believes it's crucial for patients to understand the risk factors for sleep apnea. Prevention is always the best option, and understanding what puts you at increased risk of sleep apnea will allow you to make the lifestyle adjustments you need to address the situation.

Anyone can suffer from sleep apnea, but common risk factors include:

·         Being overweight
·         Genetic pre-disposition
·         Small airways in the nose and mouth
·         Age (older people are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea)
·         Gender (men are more likely than women to have the condition)
·         Smoking
·         Diabetes
·         High blood pressure

Some of these conditions can be controlled and addressed. Cutting out cigarettes and alcohol and losing weight will help dramatically, and they have second-order effects of reducing your blood pressure and cutting your risk of diabetes.

However, circumstances like age, gender and genetics can not be changed. As such, you can do everything right and still suffer from sleep apnea. Fortunately, our Norfolk dentist can help; you don't have to accept the dangers of sleep apnea.

Dr. Folck will explain your treatment options in detail and help you decide on a path that is right for you and your specific circumstances.

If you live in the Norfolk, Virginia area and want to speak to a dentist about sleep apnea treatments, please contact Dr. Michael Folck, DDS today. 

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