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Are you aware of the multiple kinds of sleep apnea that can affect your sleeping habits? Sleep apnea can arise in numerous forms and consists of interrupted breathing patterns while you sleep. If you’re constantly finding yourself not getting the sleep you need, it may be because sleep apnea is causing you problems at night.

If you are under the effects of sleep apnea, it may be due to risk factors in your life. There are numerous risk factors in which you have no control over, such as your genetics and your gender. Furthermore, men over the age of 40 are more likely to develop sleep apnea. Other risks for sleep apnea include large tonsils, an oversized tongue, a family history of sleep apnea, a deviated septum, weight issues, allergies or sinus problems, and recurring nasal obstructions.

Luckily, sleep apnea can be treated. Altering up the position in which you sleep can often help lower your risk for obstructive sleep apnea. This means not sleeping on your back. There are also devices that exist to help you breathe while you sleep, including oral tools which can shift and support your jaw. Furthermore, CPAPs also referred to as continuous positive air pressure devices can open up your airway while you sleep. In some cases, surgery can also be used to help treat sleep apnea.

For more information about sleep apnea, you can speak with Dr. Thomas Pierce and our team at Dr. Thomas Pierce DDS by calling us at 870-739-3256. If you require a comprehensive oral exam or bi-annual professional cleaning, our dentist office is located in Marion, Arkansas.