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What is the cause of sleep apnea?

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Dr. James Donley
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Several

Being over weight is probably the biggest risk factor. A loss of muscle tone in neck muscles as we get older. Heredity undoubtedly plays a role.
Having a large tongue. Other contributing factors are an underdeveloped lower jaw, a narrow upper jaw and a high palate. These all tend to block the airway and lead to obstructive sleep apnea. In central sleep apnea the brain doesn't say to breath.

In brief: Several

Being over weight is probably the biggest risk factor. A loss of muscle tone in neck muscles as we get older. Heredity undoubtedly plays a role.
Having a large tongue. Other contributing factors are an underdeveloped lower jaw, a narrow upper jaw and a high palate. These all tend to block the airway and lead to obstructive sleep apnea. In central sleep apnea the brain doesn't say to breath.
Dr. James Donley
Dr. James Donley
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Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Couple reasons

Sometimes it is a result of blockage of your airway, commonly by your tongue and other tissues.
Sometimes it is a result of your brain not sending the right message to breathe. Sometimes it is a combination of the two. Treatment varies based on the cause. The first thing to do is to get a sleep study, and your physician can coach you on your specific problem.

In brief: Couple reasons

Sometimes it is a result of blockage of your airway, commonly by your tongue and other tissues.
Sometimes it is a result of your brain not sending the right message to breathe. Sometimes it is a combination of the two. Treatment varies based on the cause. The first thing to do is to get a sleep study, and your physician can coach you on your specific problem.
Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
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