We are excited to announce new services at our office! To continue to provide you with the care we are known to provide, we have completed continuing education in order to offer sleep apnea services.
From snoring to pauses in breathing, sleep apnea is not a disorder we should ignore. In fact, proper treatment is needed immediately. As with other diseases and conditions, there are different types of sleep apnea you might be suffering from. To help you understand sleep apnea, let’s look at the different types and stages.
The Types of Sleep Apnea
If you or a loved one suffers from sleep apnea, you might already know the side effects of not breathing while sleeping. So, let’s take a brief look at Obstructive, Central and Complex Sleep Apnea:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) – Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea. It occurs when the soft tissue in the back of the throat relaxes during sleep and blocks the airway. This often causes you to snore loudly, which can be very disruptive for your bed partner.
- Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) – Central sleep apnea is not a common type of sleep apnea. It involves the central nervous system, and occurs when the brain fails to signal the muscles that control breathing. If you suffer from central sleep apnea it is likely that you seldom snore.
- Complex Sleep Apnea – Complex sleep apnea is a combination of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. It is a form of sleep apnea in which central apneas persist or emerge during attempts to treat obstructive events with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or bi-level device.
By understanding the types of sleep apnea, we can tailor appropriate treatment for you.
The Stages of Sleep Apnea
In addition to the types of sleep apnea, there are also three stages that occur as well:
- Mild is the first stage in which patients stop breathing 5-15 times per hour.
- Moderate involves a stoppage of breathing 16-30 times per hour.
- Severe, which means patients’ breathing stops more than 30 times per hour.
To learn more about sleep apnea, please contact our office and we can work with you to find the right treatment option available.