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Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea

Let Our St. Louis Dentist Help Determine If You Are at Risk

Obstructive sleep apnea is a common sleeping disorder that affects over 12 million Americans. While this type of sleeping disorder can be developed by any person at any age, there are certain groups of people that are at higher risk for sleep apnea.

These groups include:

  • People who are overweight
  • People who are older
  • People with family history of sleep apnea
  • People who have small airways or have larger tongues and tonsils
  • People that are prone to congestion due to allergies or other conditions

Studies also show that men are more likely to develop sleep apnea than women. However, studies show that women have a higher risk during pregnancy and menopause.

If you belong to any of the groups mentioned above, you may be at risk. Schedule an appointment today with James Lillenberg DDS at (314) 227-9141 to help you get the referral you need for a proper diagnosis from a medical doctor.

Lifestyle Choices That Can Increase Risk

Certain lifestyle choices can also put a person at higher risk for sleep apnea. Some of these lifestyle choices that trigger sleep apnea include smoking, alcohol consumption, use of sedatives or tranquilizers, and use of narcotic pain medications.

While sleep apnea is common, it is a serious condition that can lead to life-threatening health concerns such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and high cholesterol. For these reasons, we strongly recommend that you rethink your lifestyle choices especially if your bed partner or family members have continuously been mentioning your loud snores.

Visit Our Sleep Apnea Dental Practice in St. Louis

When you come to us, our St. Louis dentist can recommend you to trusted medical doctors for a proper diagnosis. We then work with them to find the right treatment plan for you. Obstructive sleep apnea treatments range from leading a healthier lifestyle such as weight loss or quitting smoking to other remedies such as the use of a CPAP machine, oral devices, and more.

Contact James Lillenberg DDS at (314) 227-9141 to schedule an appointment.


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  • Tufts School of Dental Medicine
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Why Leave Your Sleep Dentistry Needs in Our Care?
  • Experienced Dentist

    For more than 35 years, Dr. Lillenberg has helped patients patients throughout the area.

  • Striving for Your Comfort

    With an emphasis on gentle care, we want to you to feel at home when you come to our office.

  • Flexible Payment Plan

    Dr. Lillenberg accepts most insurance plans and offers flexible financing options.

  • Unique Help for Sleep Apnea

    We are proud to be the only dentistry offering sleep dentistry services in St. Louis.