Why Sleep Apnea Occurs
Sleep apnea can be brought on by a wide range of oral and general health issues. There are some general health indicators that make the occurrence of sleep apnea more likely such as obesity, being male, and being over the age of 40. That being said, sleep apnea can affect anyone from children to adults, male or female.
What is Happening When You Stop Breathing at Night?
There are two different forms of sleep apnea. The first is known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) where the airway is blocked usually when the soft tissue at the back of the throat relaxes and causes the airway to close. OSA is the most common form of sleep apnea. Consider sleeping on your back and as you fall asleep your muscles relax. Your jaw will relax along with the rest of your body and as it does gravity will pull it down into your neck. Your tongue and some of the fleshy part of your throat can easily narrow, if not block your airway entirely.
The other form of sleep apnea is called central sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea is a less common condition than OSA and is caused when the brain fails to send the signal to your muscles to breath. This is often linked to an innate instability in the patient’s respiratory control center in the brain.
Fortunately, we have the ability and the expertise to treat all forms of sleep apnea. Just give us a call today at 425-247-3450 and we will schedule you for a no obligation consultation with one of our sleep specialists.