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Are you aware that genetics can play a key role in the development of sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a common, yet potentially severe form of sleep disorder characterized by interrupted breathing patterns while you sleep. Sleep apnea increases your likelihood of developing diabetes, depression, heart attacks, strokes, and even death. However, not all types of sleep apnea function n the same way.

The two most common types of sleep apnea are central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea takes place when the airways are compromised while you sleep due to blockages or other issues. Another version of sleep apnea is central sleep apnea. With central sleep apnea, the muscles that control your breathing do not receive their instructions from your brain.

Sleep apnea can be the result of a small windpipe, allergies, nasal blockages, large tonsils, a large tongue, a deviated septum, sinuses, a small jaw and even genetics. Males over the age of 40 are also the most likely to develop sleep apnea.

Don’t wait until it’s too late for a sleep apnea exam. If you would like to know if you need sleep apnea treatments, please schedule an appointment Dr. Param Gill and the team at Monte Vista Dental at our office in Turlock, California, by calling us at 209.669.6500. Contact us for a brighter whiter smile today!