The staff at Emery Sleep Solutions specialize in sleep apnea treatment for Apopka and all of Central Florida. Accompanied by loud snoring, sleep apnea occurs due to a lack of proper oxygen levels entering the body. Classified as obstructive or central sleep apnea, the condition can make it difficult for partners and patients to sleep at night. Sleep apnea can result in daytime sleepiness, which can minimize productivity and interpersonal relationships.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Considered the most common type, obstructive sleep apnea blocks the throat during sleep, preventing adequate oxygen levels from entering the lungs. When oxygen levels dip, patients experience a 10 to 60 second interval of intense snoring caused by the blockage of the upper airway.
Central Sleep Apnea
Sleep is an involuntary action controlled by the brain. Central sleep apnea causes a delay in those involuntary actions that creates a delay in breathing. When the body experiences a delayed response, you will awaken momentary to continue breathing. However, the mind has no recollection of these multiple, brief lapses in breathing.
Causes for sleep apnea include: physical characteristics, excess weight and excessive alcohol consumption before sleep.
- Trouble staying awake during the day
- Morning headaches
- Awakening engulfed in sweat
- Constant nighttime bathroom trips
- Gasping for air upon awaking
How serious is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is potentially life threatening, because if left undiagnosed, it can actuate heart attacks, stroke, impotence, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure and heart disease.
How is sleep apnea treated?
The severity of the apnea determines the treatment. For instance, mild apnea is treated using behavioral changes, i.e., weight loss, side sleeping and mouth devices. Moderate and severe sleep apnea is treated using CPAP (link) or BiPAP (link) machines that pump pressurized air to improve oxygen levels. These devices help keep the airway open to reduce snoring by bringing the jaw forward, elevating the soft palate or retracting the tongue from blocking the airway.
Where can I go to use a CPAP or BiPAP device?
Our certified Emery Sleep Solutions lab can provide the necessary equipment to help eliminate apnea.
Does sleep apnea improve over time?
Sleep apnea is considered a progressive condition; it worsens as you age.
Can facial deformities cause the condition?
Yes, facial deformities can cause sleep apnea inhibiting the airway passage. Facial deformities include enlarged tonsils, a large tongue or a blocked airway.
What can minimize airway blockage?
Blockage occurs due to a deviated septum that impedes air from entering the nasal passage. By fixing the deviated septum, individuals can experience improved breathing. Other known ways to minimize airway blockage includes: removing tonsils, adenoids or polyps that may block air from entering the nasal passage.
Is surgery required for all sleep apnea?
In most cases, no, sleep apnea can be cured using behavioral changes, or CPAP or BiPAP machines. If patients do not see any improved results, surgeons will then remove excessive tissue surrounding the airway to improve breathing.