If you’ve been told or you suspect that you have sleep apnea, chances are you’re looking for some additional information on what that means.
The most concise way to explain it is that sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep.
Even if you haven’t been told that you have sleep apnea you may be wondering, “Am I at risk for sleep apnea?”
The answer is that sleep apnea can affect anyone at any age, even children. But risk factors for sleep apnea include:
If you’re also wondering, “What are the effects of sleep apnea?” please see the following list for some answers:
Untreated sleep apnea may also be responsible for poor performance in everyday activities, such as at work and school, motor vehicle crashes, and academic underachievement in children and adolescents.
Also, you should be aware that there are two types of sleep apnea — obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea – and here’s a summary of each.
Obstructive sleep apnea, otherwise referred to as OSA, is the more common of the two forms of apnea. It’s caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep.
In central sleep apnea, unlike OSA, the airway is not blocked, but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe, due to instability in the respiratory control center.
Why not make an appointment for sleep apnea treatment in 92630 today with Lake Forest Dental Choice to get started on a path of restful sleep?