Dr. George Jones will explain theWHYand theHOWof theseObstructive Sleep Apnea connections:
WHYis High Blood Pressure a symptom of SA?
WHYis Acid Reflux (GERD) a symptom of SA?
WHYis Diabetes a symptom of SA?
Learn therisk factorsandHOWthey contribute to OSA:
Excess weight.Fat deposits around your upper airway may obstruct your breathing. However, not everyone who has sleep apnea is overweight. Thin people develop OSA, too.
A narrowed airway.You may have inherited a naturally narrow throat. Or, your tonsils or adenoids may become enlarged, which can block your airway.An enlarged or inflamed uvula will block the airway. Being male.Men are twice as likely to have sleep apnea. However, women increase their risk if they’re overweight, and their risk also appears to rise after menopause.
Age.Sleep apnea occurs much more often in adults over60.
Family history.If you have family members with sleep apnea, you may be at increased risk.
Race.In people under 35 years old, blacks are more likely to have obstructive sleep apnea.
Use of alcohol, sedatives or tranquilizers.These substances relax the muscles in your throat.
Smoking.Smokers arethree timesmore likely to have obstructive sleep apnea than are people who’ve never smoked. Smoking may increase the amount of inflammation and fluid retention in the upper airway. This risk likely drops after you quit smoking.
Nasal congestion.If you have difficulty breathing through your nose — whether it’s from an anatomical problem or allergies — you’re more likely to develop obstructive sleep apnea.
Neck circumference.People with a thicker neck may have a narrower airway.
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Dr. George Jones is a native of Wheeling, WV and earned his BS in Chemistry from Wheeling Jesuit University. He received his Dental Degree from the University Of Florida College Of Dentistry, and relocated to coastal North Carolina in 2003. Over the years, Dr. Jones has served as a consultant and evaluator for several dental manufacturers and maintains a private practice in Sunset Beach, NC. .