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Sleep apnea is an incredibly disruptive disease affecting more than 18 million Americans on a yearly basis. While you may think that this is an issue only a physician can spot or diagnose, Dr. John McAllister here at McAllister Dentistry can also help you deal with your sleep apnea. This is because Dr. John McAllister is aware of the risk factors that make you more likely to have sleep apnea.

Let’s look at what some of those risk factors.

Being overweight
If you’re overweight – not mildly, but more on the obese side – you likely have excess fat deposits in the neck area. This can obstruct your breathing and cause sleep apnea.

A hereditary narrow airway
Sleep apnea can also be hereditary, which you can’t really do anything about. Some people are born with a naturally narrow airway, which contributes to sleep apnea symptoms.

Being male
Men have a much higher risk than women to develop sleep apnea – they’re twice as likely to contract the disease. However, women also increase their risk if they’re overweight or after menopause.

Smoking
Smoking just does a number on your systemic health altogether. In addition to lung problems, smoking can cause fluid retention in your upper airway, which causes sleep apnea.

While sleep apnea is incredibly disruptive, it is treatable. Here at McAllister Dentistry, myriad options exist with which to treat your sleep apnea. Call us today at 828-322-6731 to schedule a consultation appointment so we can help you figure out the best course of treatment for your sleep apnea.