All About Apnea…

If you’ve ever blown out all of the air in your lungs and then tried not to take another breath, you know that the lack of oxygen eventually causes you to feel extremely light-headed, panic starts to set in, and eventually you’re forced to take a breath. This is similar to the effects of sleep apnea.

Each year people are diagnosed with sleep apnea and even more people go undiagnosed. Sleep apnea causes one to frequently stop breathing while they  sleep. During this time the person is completely unaware of the constant stops in breathing which last anywhere between 10-30 seconds. For some people these episodes can last longer, a factor that makes the condition even more dangerous. Those who suffer from sleep apnea often stop breathing hundreds of times during the night. As scary as it already sounds, the reality is that those sleep apneics who are sleeping at night untreated are slowly suffocating themselves. This is why treatment is a must.

Sleep Apnea – Three Different Types

When it comes to sleep apnea there are three different types that a patient can be diagnosed with.

Central Sleep Apnea
Central sleep apnea is when the brain forgets to make the patient breathe while sleeping. This is due to an imbalance in the respiratory control centers located within the brain.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea
This type of sleep apnea is most commonly diagnosed and is caused by some sort of physical blockage of the airway. This can include narrowing caused by low muscle tone and excess soft tissue around the airway. Obesity is a known cause of OSA but it can also be a result of enlarged tonsils, genetics, poor sleep posture, and an enlarged tongue. A person can temporarily suffer from OSA due to allergies or an upper respiratory infection.

Complex Sleep Apnea
Complex sleep apnea is a mixture between obstructive and central sleep apnea. Many times when obstructive sleep apnea is severe and left untreated, it can lead to central sleep apnea or at least episodes of this type of apnea.

Sleep Apnea May Be Cutting Years Off Of Your Life

If a lack of oxygen caused you to feel light-headed and out of breath, you can only imagine the internal damage that it is doing. It has been proven that sleep apnea can significantly reduce your life expectancy. This is because of the constant lack of oxygen that overtime causes severe damage. When the organs are constantly, on a daily basis, deprived of oxygen, the patient may experience high blood pressure and diabetes. Sleep apnea can also lead to kidney failure, congestive heart failure, and even a stroke. To put it simply, sleep apnea kills.

Don’t let sleep apnea chip away at your chance for a healthy long life. If you’re suffering from sleep apnea in Fresno, you will want to undergo sleep apnea treatment. There are various oral appliances that may be suitable for you to use to ensure you’re breathing properly at night. Work with Dr. Blair to schedule a sleep study that will prove whether or not you’re suffering from sleep apnea in Fresno.

Schedule Your Sleep Apnea Consultation Today

Do you think you’re suffering from sleep apnea or are you looking for information and advice from a dentist who knows about sleep apnea in Fresno? If you’re ready to feel refreshed each day after a restful night’s sleep, Dr. Blair can help to get you there! She will be able to work with a sleep physician to properly diagnose your condition. Setting up an appointment with Dr. Blair is simple. Just call our office at (559) 431-4488 or book an appointment online. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us.

Donna J. Blair, DDS
5777 N. Fresno Street, Suite 108
Fresno at Bullard
Fresno, California 93710