Aging is a natural process, we typically gain weight and loose muscle tone. This combination can and does lead to more OSA in the older population. One study from an adult community in Florida noted OSA was present in 65% of the population.
Almost all OSA suffer’s are snorers, but not all snorers have OSA. Snoring can e a side effect of OSA but it is also a risk factor. Snoring can be a severe social problem (anyone who sleeps next to a severe snorer knows this.)
Two to three times more men have OSA than women. Interestingly OSA is evaluated one eigth as often in women, either they underreport their symptoms or their partners sleep more soundly.
Sleeping pills and alcohol consumption contribute to OSA by relaxing muscle tone. Decreased muscle tone of the tongue, lower jaw and upper airway can lead to airway collapse and OSA. Smoking irritates and inflames the tissues of the upper airway. This inflammation can narrow the airway enough to cause or aggrivate OSA.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A