Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that greatly impacts the patient's health in a variety of negative ways. It is considered chronic and can present a whole host of varying symptoms. In many situations, patients are completely unaware that they are even suffering from sleep apnea. Still, others know right away that something is wrong. For those patients, they typically wake up gasping for breath. The good news is there are numerous treatments available which can not only treat the symptoms but also the disorder.
This sleep disorder should be addressed immediately because of the potential consequences. Patients who want to know more should come to see us at Bonnie & Simone. We can evaluate your situation and create a treatment plan which will address your needs.
Different Types of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is quite common, more common than most people realize. It is a sleep disorder which is typified by frequent periodic breathing disruptions while the patient is in the sleep cycle. This can be caused by a physical deformity or abnormality or in some cases, it can even be caused by the brain sending improper signals to the muscles which are required for breathing.
The first type of sleep apnea is known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and involves a physical obstruction to the proper airflow required for breathing. This is the most common type of sleep apnea.
The second type is called central sleep apnea (CSA) and occurs when the brain does not send the proper brain signals to the muscles used for breathing.
For some patients, they can actually suffer from both types at the same time and are said to be suffering from complex sleep apnea (CSAS).
One of the collateral symptoms of sleep apnea is that due to the fact that it interrupts the sleep patterns of patients, they are constantly tired and can suffer from other serious ailments as well.
What are the Risks?
While most people have heard of sleep apnea, they likely are unaware that it can strike anyone at any age, even children. There are some patients who show no outward signs of sleep apnea but still suffer from the disorder. As with most diseases and disorders, there are specific factors which can increase the likelihood of developing them. Any patient who smokes tobacco products or who has a family history of the disorder is more likely to have it themselves. Patients who have abnormally large necks, have a history of stroke or heart problems, or have bad chronic nasal congestion can be at a greater risk for developing sleep apnea.
Those patients who want to know more about sleep apnea and the treatment associated with it should come to our office and find out the details. At Bonnie & Simone we are always willing to help patients seek treatment. We can also be reached by calling (757) 540-1028 to schedule an appointment.