Are you one of the 1-in-15 people in the United States suffering from obstructive sleep apnea? Obstructive sleep apnea is demonstrated by loud snoring and gasping during sleep. The result is poor quality sleep which may lead to possible heart disease or stroke.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a pattern where one stops breathing while asleep. This condition can occur many times during sleep and may last up to ten seconds each time. It’s caused by blockages in the airways, such as the tongue falling back in the mouth, a collapse of the throat muscles, or enlarged tonsils. When this occurs, the brain automatically wakes the rest of your body to jump-start your breathing again. Loud snoring usually occurs at this point.
There are two types of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is most common. It’s caused by a blockage of the airway. Central sleep apnea is caused by a failure of the brain to signal the lungs to breathe. It’s an instability in the respiratory control center.
Sleep apnea may be caused by several risk factors. It can affect children or any person of any age. Some of the risk factors are:
There’s a simple treatment which will eliminate most conditions that create obstructive sleep apnea. You’ll enjoy deep, comfortable sleep. CPAP treatment includes the use of medical devices which may include an oxygen mask and pump to put air under positive pressure into your airway. The air is gently “forced” through the airway, eliminating any lack of oxygen to your body during your sleep.
Don’t suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. There is treatment. Dr. William S. Neale is a licensed periodontist in Wichita Falls, Texas. He can treat your sleep apnea with a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) treatment.
Call Dr. Neale at (940) 322-0758 to begin your obstructive sleep apnea treatment.