Causes and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Learn about the causes and symptoms of sleep apnea from our dedicated San Rafael dentist.
While gum disease and tooth decay have singular causes, sleep apnea does not. Instead, there are a number of pre-conditions and health risks that in combination can lead to the development of sleep apnea. Conducting a full evaluation of a patient’s medical and oral health history plays an important role in determining the major contributing factor behind your condition. Once we’ve helped you attain a diagnosis and receive a referral, our San Rafael dentist works with your physician and other local sleep medicine specialists to determine the best treatment option for your type of sleep apnea and unique health needs.
There are a number of factors that can lead to a patient developing sleep apnea. From genetic predisposition to environmental factors, the risk factors surrounding sleep apnea include:
Sleep deficiency isn’t the only consequence of sleep apnea. While the symptoms vary from patient to patient, it’s important to know the warning signs in order to get care before the condition worsens. These symptoms can be mental or physical, affecting everyday function as well as your ability to remain healthy and active. Some symptoms to look for include: