Several of my family members have sleep apnea. We are wondering: Is it hereditary/genetic? Thanks! Millie
Millie – As you likely know, obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft palette or the tongue blocks your airway while you sleep.
One study has shown that the disorder is more prevalent among relatives than among the general population. Relatives may have similarly structured heads, faces, and oral cavities, which may make them more prone to sleep apnea.
But this all doesn’t mean that you automatically have sleep apnea. Loud snoring, gasping for breath or choking during sleep, feeling tired throughout the day, and waking up with a headache are some of the signs of sleep apnea.
If you or a family member thinks that sleep apnea is the cause of symptoms that are being experienced, make an appointment with your dentist for an exam. A customized appliance can be made to help you get restful sleep.
This post is sponsored by Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Joseph Rota.