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Snoring & Sleep Apnea treatment

Sleep Apnea???

Sleep apnea is a very scary condition that can be caused by various health problems. If left undetected and untreated, sleep apnea can be deadly. This is because when someone has sleep apnea, breathing stops frequently throughout the night. Breathing is essential to our living; we have to breathe to release carbon dioxide and take in oxygen. When you aren’t breathing in enough oxygen, often times you get dizzy, light-headed, and out of breath feeling. Someone who has sleep apnea can stop breathing hundreds of times in one sleep cycle. Sleep apnea has also shown to shorten one’s lifespan because overtime it can cause organ failure due to lack of oxygen. Because of this, it’s important to treat your sleep apnea quickly and effectively.

The 3 Types of Sleep Apnea

Medical professionals have found that there are 3 main types of sleep apnea including:

  • Central Sleep Apnea – when the brain “forgets” to make the person breathe
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea – defined as physical blockage of the airway
  • Complex Sleep Apnea – a mix between obstructive and central sleep apnea

Causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The cause of obstructive sleep apnea has everything to do with the airway: specifically whether it is free of blockage when a person lays down to sleep. Airway blockage can be caused by:

  • Genetics
  • Poor posture when sleeping
  • Spinal column problems
  • Allergies
  • Enlarged tongue, tonsils, and/or adenoids
  • Fat deposits in the neck and throat from being overweight

A blocked airway means causes the patient to struggle for breath and can lead to snoring and interrupted sleep when the patient finally awakes gasping for air.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

If you think you may have sleep apnea, consider the following symptoms:

  • Loud Snoring that lasts all night
  • Daytime sleepiness no matter how much sleep you get
  • Feeling tired and out of breath upon waking
  • Morning headaches
  • Gasping or choking while sleeping
  • Pauses in breathing while sleeping

 

If you believe you may have sleep apnea, contact us at Celebrity Smiles, We will work with you and a sleep physician to diagnose any sleep disorder that you may have and can then help you to treat your sleep apnea.