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

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.

Sleep apnea can be caused by genetic predispositions or environmental factors. Even the weather can play a role in sleep apnea, particularly if you are suffering from nasal allergies or sinus congestion.

Oftentimes, genetics play a role. Disproportions such as oversized tonsils, oversized 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 tend to be at risk more than females, as are people over the age of 40.

Although OSA is a common form of sleep apnea, there is another kind of sleep apnea called central sleep apnea. Consulting with your doctor will help determine if you have sleep apnea, the kind, causes, and potential treatments.

If you would like to meet with Dr. Robert Berkowitz and our team at Trinity Dental Center for an oral examination, please call 864-642-4630 to schedule an appointment at our dentist office in Anderson, South Carolina. Come on in to learn more about your options to get the you breathing right and smiling big!