Sleep deprivation is a health problem that afflicts millions of Americans and thousands people in the area around Pacific Palisades. It’s only been relatively recently that doctors have begun serious conversations with their patients about sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition of the throat and palate which can interrupt your deep, restorative sleep, often several times an hour. If this happens at least three times a week, then you probably have sleep apnea. The staff at Brightleaf Cosmetic and Holistic Dentistry is trained to treat sleep apnea, and presents here a few bits of important information about the risk factors that can increase your likelihood of suffering from the condition.

Risk Factors

Anyone, male or female, thin or overweight, young or old, can suffer from sleep apnea. We get a wide variety of patients across the entire demographic range who complain about their sleep apnea problems. However, research and years of experience treating sleep apnea means doctors can draw certain conclusions about those who are most at risk of suffering from sleep apnea:

  • Men
  • Those who are overweight
  • Those who are over 40
  • Those with large neck sizes
  • Those with large tonsils
  • Those with a family history of sleep apnea

If you fall into one of these categories, you should be on the lookout for signs that you might be suffering from sleep apnea.

Effects of Sleep Apnea

Those dealing with sleep apnea often suffer from these symptoms:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Heart beat irregularity
  • Diabetes
  • Erectile dysfunction and impotence

The good news if you don’t have to endure sleep apnea any more. If you’re suffering from any of these symptoms in Pacific Palisades and you think you might have sleep apnea, please contact the offices of Dr. Ana Brightleaf and Brightleaf Cosmetic and Holistic Dentistry today to arrange your initial consultation.