Types of Sleep Apnea

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There are two primary types of sleep apnea:

  • Central sleep apnea, resulting from an interruption of the signals between the brain and the breathing muscles
  • Obstructive sleep apnea, resulting from a blockage of the airways – typically by soft tissue – while lying prone

A third type of sleep apnea, complex, occurs when central and obstructive sleep apnea are both present. This type of sleep apnea is much less common than singular variations.

If you are suffering from sleep apnea in Fresno or surrounding areas, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS online or by calling (559) 478-2235 to schedule a treatment consultation.

Central Sleep Apnea

Central sleep apnea is often associated with a serious illness and occurs when the brain fails to signal breathing muscles to function. This type of sleep apnea often requires CPAP to help ensure a constant flow of air when signals are interrupted. Certain lifestyle adjustments may be useful as supplemental treatment for central sleep apnea, but alone will likely not be sufficient to treat this type of the disorder.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when soft tissue blocks air from flowing. Causes of obstructive sleep apnea include tobacco and alcohol use, obesity, and general inactivity. While this type of sleep apnea can also be related to genetics, factors within your control likely play a large role as well.

Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea often continue long after waking and can include daytime fatigue, memory or concentration problems, and unusual shifts in mood. If you are struggling with any of these symptoms, it may be time to discuss your sleep apnea treatment options with Dr. Miyake.

Obstructive sleep apnea typically responds well to a combination of lifestyle adjustments and a simple oral device that keeps airways open during sleep. However, because each patient responds slightly differently to various treatment modalities, the best way to learn what methods are best for your needs is through a comprehensive evaluation at our Fresno office.

If you are looking for the most effective treatment for your sleep apnea, call Fresno apnea dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake at (559) 478-2235 to schedule a consultation and learn all about your options.

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