Sleep Apnea

 

Sleep ApneaSleep Apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep.  People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times.  This means the brain, and the rest of the body, may not get enough oxygen.  It can affect anyone at any age.

There are two types of sleep apnea

  • Obstructed sleep apnea is more common and occurs when the soft tissue at the back of the throat collapses during sleep.
  • Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe due to instability in the respiratory control center.

Risk Factors for sleep apnea

  • Being male
  • Being overweight
  • Being over age 40
  • Snoring
  • Having a large neck size
  • Having large tonsils, tongue or a small lower jaw
  • Having gastroesophagael reflux or GERD
  • Nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum, allergies or sinus problems

Untreated sleep apnea increases your risk of a number of health problems

  • Heart attack, heart failure, irregular heart beats
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Depression
  • Worsening of ADHD

If Dr. Marnie finds that you may be at risk for this particular disorder during your examination she will arrange for a non cost sleep evaluation study then follow up with you on the results of that test.

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