Sleep apnea is a dangerous problem lurking under the surface. In fact, most sleep apnea sufferers don’t even realize they have it. It can creep up on you without any warning and rapidly deplete your health. While middle-aged men and older are at the highest risk, it can affect anyone at any age – even children. And it won’t go away on its own. The main causes of sleep apnea in Novi and in general include:Doctor James Ross on the causes of Sleep Apnea Read Transcript
Some of the causes of sleep apnea are physiological. Just the way a person's anatomy is. Sometimes it can be weight. Tongue size. Can be a small arch that just blocks air from the airway. I see some people in the office where their jaw is retrognathic, which means the jaw is back a little bit. They're more prone to having it. I have a lot of patients that are professional athletes and some are just athletes and they work out a lot and they have large necks. We see a high proportion of those with sleep apnea. We also see a proportion, I have a patient of mine that's a cardiovascular surgeon. He mentioned to me that 80% or so of his patients are sleep apnea patients. He'll take care of the cardiac problem, but what caused the cardiac problem was the sleep apnea. It has a number of different causes, but its really just closing off the airway so you don't have oxygen and then your oxygen blood saturation is low. That's what carries the oxygen to the organs.
- The genetics that affect the structure of your jaw, size of your tongue, and anatomy of your throat
- Body mass index of at least 25
- Weight gain
- Family history of sleep apnea, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease
- Large neck size (at least 16 inches for women and 17 inches for men)
- Being middle aged or older
- Being a male
Millions of Americans are walking around with these elevated risks, but they just don’t have the information to take the next step and treat their problems. You do. If you have any of these risk factors and are experiencing symptoms, don’t hesitate to call and set up a free consultation.
At The Sleep Apnea Center of Novi, we sit down with every patient to understand their issues so we can create a customized solution. Call the office today at 248-264-3922 to schedule your appointment.
Trust Your Care to a Doctor Who Understands
Dr. James Ross has been practicing sleep medicine since 2010. He became a Diplomate with the American Sleep and Breathing Academy in 2018 and received a Fellowship from the International Academy of Sleep in 2019. He stays on the cutting edge of sleep medicine, developments with CPAP, advancements with oral appliances, Medicare and private insurance changes, sleep hygiene protocols, and sleep apnea research through membership in several organizations, including the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
He understands the challenges associated with this disorder because he suffers from mild obstructive sleep apnea and had a sister pass away from sleep apnea complications. He’s experienced amazing improvements to his health and well-being by using an oral appliance.
Dr. Ross and our team will help you understand the causes of sleep apnea in Novi. More important, we’ll help you find relief. Call The Sleep Apnea Center of Novi at 248-264-3922 to schedule your free consultation.