What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition that causes your breathing to stop for short periods of time while sleeping.
This interrupted sleep can lead to excessive snoring, daytime sleepiness, and the need for frequent naps. Sleep apnea is also associated with the development of health issues such as diabetes, heart attacks, and high blood pressure.
Classifications of Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
This is the most common form of sleep apnea. The condition occurs when your upper airway becomes partially or completely blocked repeatedly during sleep. This blockage occurs when your throat muscles relax and areas of your mouth or throat drop into the airway. Breathing usually resumes when your body recognizes that it is not getting the oxygen that it needs and wakes you up out of sleep. For many patients this can happen as often 5-30 times per hour and may be so brief they do not remember waking up at night. These constant awakenings prevent you from getting into the deeper stages of sleep and feeling rested in the morning.
Central Sleep Apnea
Mixed Sleep Apnea
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)
Oral Appliance/ Mandibular repositioning device (MRD)
In summary, sleep apnea is a condition that can negatively affect many aspects of your life and can have long term consequences if it is not treated properly. If you suspect you could have sleep apnea, call our clinic for an appointment so that you can get the quality sleep you deserve!