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Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleeping disorders, but it can do more than impact your sleep. It can cause physical harm to your body since it limits your oxygen intake. Baltimore Sleeps Better not only treats the symptoms of sleep apnea but also educates our patients on the possible risks of sleep apnea. We have found that our patients are more compliant with their sleep apnea treatment through education.
Sleep apnea is more than just snoring. It is a sleep disorder where you stop breathing periodically throughout the night and then start breathing again. These occurrences can lead to health issues and disrupt your sleep patterns. If you frequently feel tired even after sleeping for a sufficient time, you should consider seeing a sleep specialist.
Anyone can experience sleep apnea, regardless of age or gender. Even children are susceptible to this sleep disorder. Certain conditions improve the likelihood of sleep apnea, including a history of stroke, heart disorders, narcotic pain medications, smoking, diabetes, and heavy use of alcohol.
Snoring & Sleep APnea
One of the most common sleep apnea symptoms is snoring, there are many causes of snoring. Snoring can result from oversized tonsils, adenoids, or nasal abnormalities. However, it can also indicate that you are not breathing correctly while sleeping, so it is important to rule out this case before investigating elsewhere.
Snoring occurs when the soft tissues in the back of the throat collapse. When air passes over this obstruction, a vibration occurs, and the sound emitted is known as snoring. Due to the nature of how snoring occurs, if a patient experiences snoring regularly, they should seek a sleep test, which is the best method of diagnosing sleep apnea. Other sleep apnea symptoms include waking up every morning with a dry mouth or waking up with a headache.
Types of Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
OSA is the most common type of sleep apnea, and it happens when the airway becomes blocked during sleep. It’s often characterized by loud snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness. If a patient is suffering from OSA, the patient can stop breathing for short periods while sleeping.
Central Sleep Apnea (CSA)
CSA is a less common type of sleep apnea and occurs when the brain fails to send the correct signals to the muscles that control breathing. You might not know you have CSA unless you’re tested for it because people with this type of sleep apnea rarely snore and don’t feel as tired during the day.
Mixed Sleep Apnea (MSA)
MSA is also known as complex sleep apnea syndrome, and it’s a combination of the first two types of sleep apnea. People with MSA have both obstructive and central sleep apnea. You might have MSA if you snore and feel tired during the day, but you might also stop breathing at night.
Oral Device Therapy can be equally effective in treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea as a CPAP, with less hassle and an improved adoption rate.
Snoring is often symptom 1A of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and how many patients find us! By treating your OSA, you will be treating your snoring as well.