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Sleep Apnea and Sleep Disorders – How We Can Help You!

Sleep Apnea deprives the body’s vital organs of oxygen and can lead to heart disease and a number of other health issues. If you or someone you care about is suffering from sleep apnea, we encourage you to call our office today to schedule an appointment. The sooner you get help, the sooner you can achieve restful, healthful sleep.

What is Sleep Apnea?

The Greek word “apnea” in English translation, means “without breath.” There are 3 primary types of apnea: obstructive, central, and mixed. Of the three, obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and closes during sleep. In central sleep apnea, the airway is not blocked but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe. Mixed apnea, as the name implies, is a combination of the two. With each apnea event, the brain briefly arouses people with sleep apnea in order for them to resume breathing, but consequently sleep is extremely fragmented and of poor quality.Despite the difference in the cause of each type of sleep apnea, people with an untreated sleep disorder stop breathing numerous times during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the course of the night, often up to a minute of time.

Sleep apnea is very common, as common as adult diabetes. This serious condition affects more than twelve million here in the USA alone, according to the National Institutes of Health. Risk factors for Sleep Apnea include:

  • Being male
  • Overweight
  • Over the age of forty

Yet you should know that sleep apnea can strike anyone at any age, even children. However, because of the lack of awareness by the public and healthcare professionals about sleep disorders in general, the vast majority remain undiagnosed, and therefore untreated, despite the fact that this serious disorder can have significant consequences for a persons overall health. Left untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotency, and headaches. Moreover, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for job impairment and motor vehicle crashes. Fortunately, sleep apnea can be diagnosed and treated.

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