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Many patients are under the impression that all causes of sleep apnea result from the environment, but this is not the case. The truth is that sleep apnea can also result from many risk factors, including genetics. In fact, the two main types of sleep apnea–central and obstructive sleep apnea–can have different causes. We review the risk factors of sleep apnea and how they can increase your likelihood of having a sleep disorder.

During sleep, your brain sends signals to the chest muscles instructing them to move and induce breathing. If these signals are disrupted or don’t arrive, you can suffer irregular breathing patterns, also known as central sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your airways have a physical blockage, typically as a result of a bad sleep position or sleeping with a pillow or other barrier over your face.

Of the many causes of sleep apnea, some that you may be susceptible to are enlarged tonsils or tongue, a deviated septum, genetics, having a small tongue, weight, allergy, or sinus issues. Patients who are most vulnerable tend to be adult males at the age of 40 or higher, though you can develop sleep apnea at any age.

We encourage you to contact DFW Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at 972-594-7414 today if you would like to speak with our oral surgeon, Drs. Pedro Franco, Howard Price, or Drew Havard, about your options for sleep apnea treatment in Irving, Texas.