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What are the Different Types of Sleep Apnea?

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Sleep apnea is a serious disorder where when you’re sleeping your breathing stops and starts. There are three main types of sleep apnea, it’s important to understand each of the types so that if you think you have sleep apnea, you can start to get treatment.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

This is the most common type of sleep apnea – this is caused by either partial or complete blockage of the airway during sleep. When you sleep, your throat muscles relax which allows your tongue to fall back into the airways. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, air isn’t able to go past the tongue which in turn reduces blood flow to the brain. Because of this, your brain is signaled to be awaken a little – because your body needs to breathe. This is which you will make some sort of gasping/snoring sound so that the air can pass the tongue.

Once air goes into the throat, you will then go fully back to sleep. This can happen once or twice in a night all the way up to hundreds. When your body can’t get it’s needed sleep, there are symptoms which arise. These include, sleepiness, headaches, irritability, and snoring, to name a few.

Central Sleep Apnea

This form of sleep apnea is where the brain fails to signal that control breathing. This is a communication problem between your brain and tongue/throat. Central sleep apnea is much less common for patients than obstructive sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea is caused by how your brain is working with parts of your body.

Causes of central sleep apnea vary from person to person, most common causes are Parkinson’s disease, any medical conditions which limit or affect how the brain communicates, like a stroke, obesity and heart failure.

Mixed Sleep Apnea

This type of sleep apnea is a combination of both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Commonly, patients will be treated for obstructive sleep apnea, and then they find out that they have central sleep apnea as well.

What to do if you think you may have sleep apnea?

If you think that you could have sleep apnea, call Paradise Dental today! Don’t wait any longer, because sleep apnea is a serious medical condition, and we have solutions. To schedule a consultation or with any questions call us at (781) 780-2246 or on our website. For more information on sleep apnea, visit our sleep solutions section on our website. We are here to help you sleep better!

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