People with Sleep Apnea experiences pauses in breathing because the passage airway is being blocked. With continuous interruption in breathing, the body wakes up many times throughout the night leaving the patient feel tired in the morning. When sleep apnea occurs, the brain and body don’t get enough oxygen while sleeping.
Sleep apnea is also a serious medical problem that needs immediate treatment. If left untreated, the risk of high blood pressure, heart failure, and stroke will increase. The fatigue sleep apnea causes could also affect daily activities which may lead to accidents. We at Roman Shlafer, DDS, offers services to treat sleep apnea and we are proudly serving Farmington, Farmington Hills, Novi, Northville, Livonia, West Bloomfield and surrounding areas.
Types of Sleep Apnea
OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA (OSA)
Obstructive sleep apnea is a common type of apnea. When the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep, it limits the air that reaches the lungs which will repeatedly block the upper airway.
CENTRAL SLEEP APNEA (CSA)
Central sleep apnea, unlike OSA, there is no blockage of airways, but the brains fails to signal the muscles to breathe. The condition occurs when there is an instability in the respiratory control center.
Risk factors for Sleep Apnea
- Being overweight
- Large neck size
- Large tongue and tonsils
- Small jawbone
- 40 years old or older
- Male gender
- A family history of sleep apnea
- Gastroesophageal reflux
- Nasal obstruction
Signs of Sleep Apnea
- Difficulty in sleeping or Insomnia
- Shortness of breath during sleep
- Choking sounds at night
- Tiredness or extreme drowsiness during the day
Treatments for sleep apnea depends on the type of the apnea and severity of the case. Primary treatments could be done which may simply be behavioral like adjusting the diet or losing weight, avoid smoking or the change in sleeping position. If these basic treatment will not work, devices can be used in the mouth to prevent throat blockage. In serious cases, surgery must be considered.
If you’re suffering from sleep apnea, book your appointment immediately at (248) 266-8581. We offer Sleep Apnea Treatment in Farmington. You can also visit us at Roman Shlafer, DDS, 31930 Grand River, Farmington, MI 48336. Our passionate team is ready to help you get a good night’s sleep.