Types of Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea Specialist | Serving Vancouver WA and Portland OR
Sleep apnea plagues more than 22 million Americans annually. There are three main types of sleep apnea recognized by the medical community, and all can be successfully treated. At Dental Sleep Medicine of Vancouver, we understand the challenges of a sleep apnea diagnosis, and we are here to help you find the answers.
Central Sleep Apnea
Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) is a condition that causes the nerve signals from the brain to your lungs to be periodically interrupted during a sleep cycle. It leads to sudden awakenings during a deep sleep, chronic fatigue, daytime drowsiness, mood changes, poor concentration, and other symptoms that are classic to major sleep loss. The best treatments are through breathing assist machines, such as the CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) for constant oxygen deliverance, BPAP (Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure) for adjusted oxygen deliverance, or an ASV (Adaptive-Servo Ventilation) machine that monitors breathing patterns, adjusting oxygen output accordingly.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Depending on the severity of symptoms, obstructive sleep apnea can cause a complete blockage of the air pathways, interrupting sleep and the flow of oxygen. The brain triggers you awake from the slowing of oxygen to the body. Structures inside the neck, throat, and sinus areas are the largest cause of this sleep disorder. Symptoms are snoring, sudden waking from deep sleep, fatigue, daytime nodding off, depression, mood swings, and other signs of serious sleep deprivation. Treatments can involve either kind of PAP machine, an oral appliance like a mandibular advancement device, or surgical procedures to remove obstructions.
Mixed Symptom Sleep Apnea
Having both characteristics of obstructive and central sleep apnea can result in a mixed diagnosis. Mixed Symptom sleep apnea must be treated using a combination of methods. Some patients end up with stronger symptoms of central sleep apnea after treatment with CPAP machines begin, and must switch treatments. PAP therapy still remains one of the best options for treating mixed sleep apnea, but it often requires reduced air pressure rates.
Professional Help for Your Type of Sleep Apnea
We offer accurate screenings to determine the exact type of sleep apnea you are struggling with, and we can work with you to find solutions for a better night’s rest. We help those suffering from lack of proper sleep throughout the entire Vancouver, WA area. Contact us at Dental Sleep Medicine of Vancouver, and schedule your appointment today!
Types of Sleep Apnea IN PORTLAND OR AND VANCOUVER WA
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