San Diego’s guide to Sleep Apnea
If your snoring is giving your partner sleepless nights or you have trouble staying awake at work, it’s about time to see a sleep apnea doctor.
Sleep Apnea is the most prevalent sleep condition in the United States, with over 30 million confirmed cases.
People with a sleep problem may experience a consistent pause in breath during sleep, which causes irregularity in oxygen supply and could potentially lead to serious health problems like ADHD, anxiety, fibromyalgia, and more.
Because of Sleep apnea’s potential health risk, it is critical to know what sleep Apnea is, its type, causes, symptoms, and solution. Not a temporary, but a permanent solution.
What is Sleep apnea or OSA?
Sleep apnea is often overlooked and a under diagnosed condition that affects millions of people. During sleep, a person with sleep apnea will start and stop breathing many times during the night. This condition can be potentially serious and even deadly.
If you snore frequently and loudly or feel tired after a long night of sleep, you may have sleep apnea.
The Simple Science:
As we breathe air at night your airway may be too narrow, so air has a tough time entering the body. Let’s compare your airway to a garden hose, when the opening of the hose is clear, the water moves freely but when there is a “kink” in the hose less water can flow out or even stop completely.
Your airway is no different, if there is a kink in your airway you will have a hard time breathing or even completely stop breathing altogether. This process of not breathing can affect every cell in your body and is known to cause health concerns like snoring, ADHD, anxiety/depression and fibromyalgia to name a few.
Facts about sleep apnea
- Over 30 million adults in the United States have obstructive sleep apnea and over one billion people worldwide.
- Sleep apnea may likely affect your life in one way or another.
- Sleep apnea occurs at any age, including in infants.
- The risk of developing the condition increases with age.
- Most sleep apneas are undiagnosed and untreated.
- Untreated, long term sleep apnea can cause other severe health conditions.
- Lifestyle changes can help improve sleep apnea severity
- Sleep apnea can be deadly
What Are The Types Of Obstructed Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is categorized into three types;
Obstructive Sleep apnea – The most common type, which occurs when the muscles in the throat relax and block the persons airway.
Central sleep apnea – occurs when there’s a signal breach between the brain and the muscles that manage breathing during sleep.
Complex sleep apnea syndrome – which occurs in people with both central and obstructive sleep apnea.
What Are The Symptoms?
There’s always an overlap between central and obstructive sleep apnea symptoms, creating confusion on which one you may have.
However, the general signs and symptoms of both types of sleep apnea include;
- Loud, disturbing snoring
- A sudden pause in breath during sleep – which the next person can easily notice.
- Occasional gasp for breath during sleep
- Waking up with a dry, dehydrated mouth
- Headache (especially in the morning)
- Inability to stay asleep (insomnia)
- Oversleeping at daytime (hypersomnia)
- Struggling with paying attention
- Venus pooling under your eyes (Dark circles)
- Dry or chapped lips
- Mouth breathing
- Crooked or crowded teeth
What causes OSA?
Obstructive sleep apnea
To explain some of the causes of sleep apnea, you need to understand this. There are muscles at the back of the throat and obstructive sleep apnea occurs when these muscles relax.
The muscles provide support to the soft palate, the tonsils, uvula (a tissue that hangs from the soft palate), the tongue, and the throat walls.
With apnea, these muscles relax, and the airway tightens when you breathe in, and air supplements become insufficient. Since you can’t get sufficient air to breathe in, the blood begins to lose oxygen.
This sends a signal to the brain, which immediately wakes you up to reopen your narrow airway. People will not typically remember this “waking up” because it happens very fast.
It is at this point when you will gasp, choke, or snort. This sleep apnea episodes can happen from five to thirty times (or even more) per hour, disrupting the deep, sound sleep you’ve always craved for.
Central sleep apnea
Central sleep apnea, which is less common, occurs when the brain disconnects with breath-controlling muscles, disrupting breathing for a few moments. You might wake up to a short breath or struggle to get back to sleep.
What Are The Complications Of Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea can be severe and needs urgent attention or a person may have complications.
Complications may include:
- Unnecessary daytime fatigue, serious daytime drowsiness, irritability, difficulty concentrating, or even sleeping at work.
- You might feel depressed, mood swings, or behavioral issues.
- The sudden reduction in blood oxygen levels associated with sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure/hypertension.
- It could also increase the risk of stroke, heart attack, and type 2 diabetes.
What Are The Common Sleep Apnea Treatments?
Milder cases of the OSA condition might only require the doctor to recommend certain lifestyle changes to adhere to, for example, reducing smoking or losing weight!
However, if these options do not improve the symptoms, or if your sleep apnea is mild or severe, several treatment options are available.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine is a machine designed to increases air pressure in your throat so that your airway doesn’t collapse when you breathe in.
The CPAP machine delivers a pressure that is greater than the surrounding air through a mask during sleep. This pressure is sufficient to keep the airway open to prevent loud snore or occasionally waking up.
While CPAP is one of the most common sleep apnea remedies, many people find it extremely uncomfortable. Furthermore, an air leak is one of the most common side effects of CPAP masks. Air may leak from the edges when you change position during sleep.
Using a mask that fits less properly can increase the risk of leaving marks on the skin, resulting in sores or ultimately leading to ulcers.
Other side effects include mouth dryness, problem with breathing out or even developing Central Sleep Apnea.
CPAP machines do save lives and should be worn if prescribed, however, they simply treat the symptoms of sleep apnea and obstructed breathing and not the root cause of the problem. If a person wears a CPAP, they will need to wear it for the rest of there life.
Mandibular advancement device, MAD, is an alternative treatment method for sleep apnea that temporarily moves the tongue and jaw forward to reduce muscle relaxation, increase airspace in the throat, and prevent snoring.
While MAD can help improve the symptoms, some side effects are associated with using the device, such as:
Discomfort in the mouth and jaw region (TMJ)
Surgeries are usually the last resort when nothing else works. Unfortunately, sleep apnea surgeries only have a 25-30% success rate, with many going back to having the condition again.
MAD appliances have been shown to help patient sleep better, however, they simply treat the symptoms of sleep apnea and obstructed breathing and not the root cause of the problem. If a person wears a mandibular advancement devise, they will need to wear it for the rest of their life.
So, what’s the way out?
Nexisom Doctors provides permanent solution for sleep apnea
Many people don’t understand that the majority of chronic health conditions have an underlying root cause. And that’s what we know! When you visit our sleep apnea clinic, we work with you to determine the underlying cause of your sleep apnea and provide a permanent solution.
Your journey to perfect health and wellness begins with our special approach to creating a permanent solution to your sleep apnea condition.
We don’t treat the symptoms; we dig deeper into the underlying root cause of the problems and resolve them.
With Nexisom, no more CPAP! No more surgery! You don’t have to wear a mask to sleep. You deserve a peaceful night’s rest. Surgery can be risky, with low chances of success guarantee.
Our sleep apnea doctor can help you provide a permanent solution to your sleep apnea.
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