Sleep Apnea: Causes, Symptoms, and Effective Treatments in Memphis

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Many people suffer needlessly from dangerous sleep disruptive disorders that keep them from getting enough oxygen at night. A heart attack risk is 23 times more likely than average with a sleep disorder, and 92% of stroke victims live unknowingly with this condition before an attack.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Obstructive Sleep Apnea

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a severe sleep disorder where a person's breathing would be disrupted during sleep. Individuals with untreated sleep apnea would cease breathing several times during their sleep. There are three types of sleep apnea – obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, and complex sleep apnea syndrome. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common and more prevalent in the population.

What are the types of sleep apnea?

There are three types of sleep apnea:
  1. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) – This is the most common type of sleep apnea observed. It occurs by physical blockage (partial or complete) created by the collapsing of soft tissues at the back of the throat.
  2. Central sleep apnea (CSA) – In this type, breathing ceases because the muscles involved do not receive the brain's proper signal. This is a less common type. It can't be treated by oral appliance
  3. Complex sleep apnea syndrome – This is a combination of both OSA and CSA.

What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Osa)?

OSA is a breathing disorder characterized by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep due to an airway blockage. Obstructions occur when throat muscles, tongue, tonsils, or the soft palate falls back into the throat—the block results in a severe drop in blood oxygen levels throughout the night.

What are the causes or risk factors for sleep apnea?

Some of the common causes and risk factors of sleep apnea are:
  1. Excessive body weight
  2. Smoking
  3. Family history
  4. Men
  5. Elderly individuals
  6. Nasal congestion
  7. Increased neck circumference
  8. Use of alcohol or sedatives

What are the causes or risk factors for sleep apnea?

Your preparation would vary based on the type of sedation you are undergoing. You would require minimal measures for nitrous oxide sedation. In contrast, for oral and IV sedation, you might get prescribed a sedative pill to be consumed the night before your first appointment for you to rest well. Our dental office would provide you with a list of pre-procedure/treatment instructions for you to follow.

Can I choose the treatment option for sleep apnea?

It is always best to listen to the professionals' recommendations, as they are the field experts. Your physician will provide you with ideal recommendations based on your sleep study data, body physiology, and causes.