Sleep apnea is a debilitating sleep disorder that can actually shorten a person’s life. People who
suffer from sleep apnea will stop breathing at numerous points during their sleep due to the
muscles in their throat blocking the passage of air to their lungs.
Sleep apnea has several causes, and unless the underlying problem is resolved, it’s unlikely that
you would grow out of sleep apnea. Here’s how some people may be able to resolve their sleep
apnea while others will need permanent management.
Addressing the Cause
The primary cause of sleep apnea is muscles in your airway relaxing to the point that they
actually collapse and prevent you from breathing. The cause of this could be obesity or the use
of certain medications or even alcohol which can relax the muscles in the throat too much.
These are risk factors for sleep apnea that you may be able to control, so you do have the
chance to resolve your sleep apnea, although you won’t grow out of it without addressing the
You shouldn’t avoid treatment because you think you’ll be able to grow out of your sleep
apnea, especially when this disorder severely impacts your quality of life through headaches,
fatigue, high blood pressure, and premature death.
People Who Cannot Grow Out of Sleep Apnea
Some people have a unique facial structure that predisposes them to sleep apnea even if they
don’t have any other risk factors. This includes having a narrow throat or a thick neck. Often,
people who are overweight or obese have excess skin around the neck, making them more
likely to have sleep apnea.
People who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea as a result of their unique constitution will
not be able to grow out of it. For these sufferers of sleep apnea, finding the right management
of the disorder is essential to curb the symptoms.
What About Children?
Children have a better chance to grow out of sleep apnea, especially if the root cause is
addressed. For children, enlarged tonsils or even an overbite could be contributing to their
sleep apnea. Finding the cause is essential to treating sleep apnea in children.
Parents shouldn’t avoid treatment because they believe their child will eventually grow out of
it. This is not true for some children. If sleep apnea persists pasts adolescence, the disorder is
much more likely to be a chronic problem and will need suitable treatment to stop the
People who suffer from sleep apnea are unlikely to grow out of the disorder. Children have a
better chance than adults, but they should never forgo treatment because of this. It’s
imperative to uncover the cause of your sleep apnea so that you can work to manage or even
possibly eliminate the disorder.
Your dentist can talk with you about your sleep apnea symptoms or those of your child and
refer you to a sleep specialist for a proper diagnosis so you can get the treatment you need to
get your health back!