Risk Factors With Obstructive Sleep Disorder

The follow have been seen as risk factors for OSA. Some you can change, like being overweight or smoking. Others you have little choice in, like your age, family history, or being a male.  Either way, we can help you. Look these over and if you find more than a few of these factors being true don't despair, just give us a call. We understand.

  • Being overweight - obesity is a major risk factor, although thin people can develop severe sleep apnea also.
  • Nasal congestion or obstruction - sinus trouble or allergies.
  • Large tonsils and/or adenoids, having a "crowded throat", a large tongue or small jaw.
  • Lung disease, atrial fibrillation and heart failure.
  • Scoliosis or muscle weakness.
  • Sedating medicines and alcohol.
  • Hypothyroidism and certain other endocrine (hormonal) disorders.
  • Increasing age.
  • Family history.
  • Malformation of the orofacial area (misaligned teeth, jaw, palate).
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding).
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
  • Menopause.
  • Progesterone/Estrogen deficiency.
  • Male gender.
  • Neck size >17 inches in men, and >15 inches in women.
  • A decrease in tone of muscles holding airway open.
  • Smoking.