Who is at risk for sleep apnea?
Almost everyone snores at some point in their life. Or they may only snore under very special circumstances such as during a cold or allergy season. Interestingly, race, sex and age don’t seem to play any role in who gets sleep apnea. However, for chronic snoring, there can be many causes including: • Small nostrils • Back sleeper • Overweight • Lack of exercise • Heredity • Nasal obstruction • Mouth breather Drinking alcohol, drug use or using muscle relaxants can also cause snoring or sleep apnea. What can be done to help with sleep apnea In February of 2006, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine published new guidelines for the treatment of sleep apnea. According to Minneapolis dentist Scott Shamblott, the guidelines recommend the use of an oral appliance to treat mild to moderate sleep apnea. Dr. Shamblott, examines his patient’s throat, nose, mouth, palate, and neck, and checks for underlying health conditions. Based on his findings, he can recommend either oral appliance therapy