Sleep Apnea Dentist Jenison, MIObstructive sleep apnea is a serious condition that causes you to stop and start breathing repeatedly during the night.

If you ever wake up with headaches, experience daytime drowsiness, snore, or have ever been witnessed by another person to have stopped breathing during sleep, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with one of our sleep apnea dentists as soon as possible. We use a sleep apnea device called OPTISLEEP to help control sleep apnea symptoms.

Continue reading to learn the risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea.

What are the Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea?

Don’t ignore sleep apnea symptoms! Our sleep apnea dentists can use a sleep apnea device from OPTISLEEP to keep your airway clear while you sleep. You may have obstructive sleep apnea if you have:

  • Headaches upon waking
  • Dry mouth upon waking
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Been snoring
  • Gasped for air during sleep
  • Been witnessed by another person to have stopped breathing during sleep

Obesity

People who are obese are 7 times more likely to have obstructive sleep apnea compared to those at a healthy weight, according to WebMD.com. The same article reports that over half of people with obstructive sleep apnea are overweight and obese. Carrying extra weight is considered one of the strongest risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea, which is why it’s important to see one of our sleep apnea dentists as soon as possible if you suspect you have this sleep disorder.

During a sleep apnea episode, the throat and tongue muscles relax while you’re asleep and block your airway. While you may wake up momentarily due to the lack of oxygen, you most likely won’t remember it in the morning. If your BMI (body mass index) is 25 or higher, you may want to ask your partner if they have ever witnessed you stop breathing during sleep as this could be a sign you have undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea.

Neck Circumference

Your risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea increases if your neck circumference is above 17 inches for men and 16 inches for women. This is because as a person gains weight, they’ll gain more fat tissue in their neck, base of the tongue, and along the airway itself. The narrower your airway, the more likely soft tissue will collapse and stop you from breathing during sleep.

Our sleep apnea dentists trust OPTISLEEP, an effective sleep apnea device, to keep your airway clear while you sleep. OPTISLEEP is a removable oral appliance you wear to sleep that helps hold your lower jaw in a forward position, preventing the airway from collapsing.

Smoking

While it’s unclear whether there’s a direct cause-and-effect relationship between smoking and sleep apnea, there seems to be a correlation. The smoke that you inhale from cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products can irritate and inflame the lining of your airway. When this happens, your airway constricts and makes it harder for air to freely pass while you’re asleep. If you smoke, be sure to let our sleep apnea dentists know so they can customize your dental care accordingly.

Dr. John M. McMahon DDS and Dr. John F. McMahon DDS trust OPTISLEEP to help patients with sleep apnea. To schedule your appointment with one of our sleep apnea dentists in Jenison MI, call McMahon Family Dental at (616) 457-2710.