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Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder marked by interrupted breathing or obstructions in the airway during sleep, and it affects many individuals. This condition should be treated as soon as you become aware of any symptoms of sleep apnea. Untreated sleep apnea can significantly affect your oral health, and vice versa.

Although spotting symptoms of sleep apnea isn’t always easy, we encourage you to be aware of the risk factors for sleep apnea, such as large tonsils, a big tongue, a deviated septum or sinuses, a small jaw or windpipe, nasal blockages, and even allergies. Patients who are most at risk for sleep apnea are males over the age of 40.

The two most common forms of this condition are central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain’s signals to the chest muscles that instruct breathing during sleep don’t receive proper processing, resulting in paused breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea is the result of blockages in your airways while you sleep.

If you are interested in receiving a sleep apnea exam in Centreville, Virginia, to determine if you have sleep apnea and need to receive treatment, you are welcome to contact Fischer Family and Cosmetic Dentistry at 703.994.4626 and schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Katherine B. Fischer & Charles C. Fischer, and team.