Sleep apnea is a disorder where a person will have a regular interval or pause in his/her breath while sleeping. Pause in the breath may occur around 25 times or more in an hour. After the pause, when the normal breathing starts, a choking noise or snort sound maybe heard. Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder, due to pause or shallow breath your sleep may be disturbed and results in tiredness in the morning and it will lead to morning sleepiness.
Sleep apnea is a bit hard to be diagnosed, here even a person with sleep apnea wouldn’t be knowing that he has it. Even doctors too can't identify this in the regular visit to the clinic. There is no blood test detect the issue.
No individual can recognize that they are having sleep apnea since it occurs only in the night time or during sleep. It can be identified only by the family member and your bed partner. Just because of your sleep apnea disorder, even their sleep too will be spoiled and they may be annoyed by the sound you make.
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea, where the airway or windpipe may get collapsed resulting in shallow breathing or pause in the breath which also makes the sound.
While breathing, the air which passes through the blockage area makes the loud sound or snoring. This sleep apnea disorder is more common in overweight people but it may affect anyone. If parents made a keen observation on their kids with enlarged tonsils in their throats will be affected by obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea should be treated at the earliest. If it is left untreated, it may lead to many problems. An untreated sleep apnea can lead to below mentioned problems which may be a risk to your life.
Treatments for Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a reversible disorder and we treat the patients who are facing the problem. We can categories sleep apnea into 3 sections:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea. Anyone can be affected by this type. It can be changed by changing the lifestyle and also by losing their weight for those who are overweight and also by proper medical treatments.
Central Sleep Apnea occurs when the brain fails to send proper signals to muscles which controls the breath. In this condition, CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure treatment helps the individual to breath properly at night without making any sort of noise. CPAP treatment is one such treatment where a machine is placed in the mask which an individual has to wear in the night while sleeping. The pressured air is sent inside through the nose and this pressure is bit more than the usual air pressure which is present outside. This treatment keeps the upper airways open, make you to breath properly avoiding apnea and stops snoring.
Individual who are having Complex sleep apnea need to undergo surgery like Tissue removal, Jaw repositioning, Implants and Tracheostomy(Creating a new air passageway).
Our Dr. Charles Ferzli and his team at TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Raleigh-Durham treats all kind of Sleep apnea disorders making many people have a good sound sleep. If you or any of your family member or friend is facing any sleep apnea symptoms, kindly make an appointment and treat it at the earliest.