Sleep apnea is a condition that occurs when your breathing starts and stops repeatedly while you’re asleep. There are three main types of sleep apnea:
These conditions cause similar symptoms.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles relax and obstruct the flow of air. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain doesn’t send the right signals to the muscles that control breathing during sleep. Complex sleep apnea syndrome is a combination of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
The symptoms of sleep apnea can vary, but may include:
If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can lead to dangerous complications, including extreme tiredness during the day, type 2 diabetes, liver problems, and other problems. Sleep apnea can also disrupt your partner’s sleep if you snore loudly or wake repeatedly during the night.
The doctors at Pacific ENT usually diagnose sleep apnea based on the results of a sleep study. During the sleep study, the staff at Pacific ENT will monitor your breathing, oxygen levels, eye movements, and brain waves while you sleep. Based on the results of this study, the doctors will be able to determine whether you have sleep apnea.
If you have sleep apnea, Dr. Chew or Dr. Louie may recommend a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine. This machine blows a continuous stream of air that keeps your airway open while you sleep. To use the machine, you’ll need to wear a mask over your nose and mouth throughout the night.
If a CPAP machine doesn’t work well, or if you’d rather not use one, you may be able to improve your sleep apnea by wearing an oral device.
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