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It’s a common belief that sleep apnea is caused by the environment, but this sleep disorder commonly results from a variety of risk factors, including your genetic makeup. Causes also differ between the two forms of sleep apnea–central and obstructive. We offer further information on some of the sleep apnea risk factors to help you determine if you are susceptible.

Central sleep apnea is an irregular breathing pattern that occurs when the signals emitted from your brain to your chest muscles to make them move and stimulate your breathing are delayed or never arrive. Obstructive sleep apnea results from a blocked airway created by sleeping in an improper position or having a barrier such as a pillow covering your face.

There are many causes of sleep apnea, though the most common demographic is adult males over the age of 40. However, you can develop sleep apnea at all ages, especially if you have any of the following:

– Enlarged tonsils or tongue
– Deviated septum
– Family history of sleep apnea
– A small tongue
– Excess weight
– Issues with allergies or sinuses

You are welcome to schedule an appointment for sleep apnea treatment in Irving, Texas, by contacting DFW Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at 972-594-7414 and arranging your consultation with one of our oral surgeons, Drs. Pedro Franco, Howard Price, or Drew Havard.