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Sleep Apnea

Causes of Sleep Apnea

Structural and mechanical problems in the mouth, sinuses, and/or neck, which may partially block the airway, are the primary causes of sleep apnea. The subsequent risk factors are included, but are not limited to; the following reasons:   

  • Throat muscles and tongue partially block the opening of the airway during sleeping
  • An enlarged tongue and or tonsils can partially block the airway
  • Obese people have a thicker soft tissue that can narrow the airway 
  • Congenital head and neck structure may cause a narrowing of the airway 

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