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If you struggle with irregular breathing patterns that occur during sleep, you may have a condition known as sleep apnea. If you are unfamiliar with sleep apnea and its effect, we invite you to read the following facts:

– Central and obstructive are the two main types of sleep apnea. Typically during a state of sleep, the human body breathes as a result of brain signals being sent to certain muscles, but if those signals don’t arrive or are broken, breathing can pause, and this is known as central sleep apnea. Alternatively, a blockage in the airway that prevents normal breathing is called obstructive sleep apnea, and you may wake up often as a result.

– Causes of sleep apnea can be the result of many kinds of risk factors, such as blockages of the airways and nasal passages, genetics and family history, deviated septum, sinus issues, allergies, large tongue or tonsils, a small jaw and factors in the environment.

– Patients who are most at risk of sleep apnea are males who are over the age of 40.

– Not treating sleep apnea with professional treatment can overtax the body and increase its risk of significant medical conditions, including heart attack and stroke.

For more information regarding sleep apnea in Heber, Utah, and to speak with our oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Joseph Fullmer, about your treatment options, please feel free to contact Aspire Surgical at 435-315-2050 today!