About Sleep Apnea and Treatment Options – Birmingham
Sleep Apnea is a serious sleep disorder which occurs when the airways become obstructed, interrupting regular breathing during sleep. When this happens, a person may stop breathing for a few seconds, causing them to choke or gasp for breath. In severe cases of sleep apnea, this interruption in breathing can last for a minute or more. These breathing interruptions can occur between 5 to 30 times an hour, which means that people with sleep apnea are unable to have a good night’s sleep. When you visit our Birmingham practice for sleep apnea treatment, Dr. Michael Maniscalco will use his years of expertise to identify the root cause of your problem and develop the proper treatment plan for your needs.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
There are many symptoms of sleep apnea that may manifest themselves while you are asleep or awake. When you are asleep, family members or loved ones may notice the following:
- Loud or chronic snoring
- Choking or gasping while you sleep
- Frequently waking up during sleep
During waking hours, you may notice the following as you go about your routine:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS)
- Headaches in the morning
- Persistent sore throat or dry throat
- Changes in mood
- Poor memory
- Slower reaction time
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Causes of Sleep Apnea
There are many different causes of sleep apnea, and the root cause will depend on the type of sleep apnea that you suffer from. The three types of sleep apnea are:
- Obstructive sleep apnea or OSA (The most common form)
- Central sleep apnea or CSA (The rarest form)
- Complex sleep apnea (Combination of the above types)
When diagnosing sleep apnea at our Birmingham practice, we will figure out what exactly is the cause of your sleep disorder.
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Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea
Though sleep apnea has been known to affect people of both genders and of all ages, there are several factors that may make you more at-risk. These risk factors include:
- Being male
- Being obese or overweight
- Being older than 40
- Having a family history of sleep apnea
- Having large soft tissues in the mouth (e.g., tonsils, tongue, adenoids)
- Having a small jawbone
- Having a very thick neck
- Having a deviated septum and other nasal cavity or sinus issues
- Having gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Dangers of Sleep Apnea
There are many dangers of sleep apnea related to your energy level, cognitive abilities, memory, and mood. There is also research that shows that sleep apnea can result in the following serious health problems if left untreated:
- Clinical depression
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- High blood pressure
- Heart problems
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Treating Sleep Apnea
When treating sleep apnea at our Birmingham practice, we will look closely at the root cause of your sleep disorder as well as the various structures of your breathing passageways. No two patients are alike, so the treatment for your case of sleep apnea needs to be tailored to your situation. Dr. Maniscalco will go over these matters in great
detail during your visit so you can make a well-informed decision.
CPAP Machine for Sleep Apnea Treatment
The CPAP machine is one of the most well-known treatments for sleep apnea. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pres
sure. When used, the CPAP machine will maintain continuous airflow in your breathing passageways while you sleep. The result will be a full night of uninterrupted rest.
Surgical Treatments for Sleep Apnea
There are a number of different surgical options for addressingsleep apnea, including nasal cavity surgery, uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), mandibular maxillar advancement (MMA), and pillar palatal implants. These surgeries can correct a deviated septum, remove or alter obstructive soft tissues in the oral cavity, or even adjust the position of the upper and lower jaw to improve overall airflow.
Dental and Lifestyle Treatments for Sleep Apnea
Non-invasive dental appliances can be used to help improve your breathing passageways. These dental appliances include the mandibular advancement device (MAD) and the tongue restraining device (TRD). Many times you will also be asked to make some behavioral changes to help reduce certain risk factors for sleep apnea as part of your treatment.
Learn More About Sleep Apnea Treatments in Birmingham
Sleep apnea can be serious, but it is manageable. There are many different treatments out there that can help you get a good night’s sleep. To learn more about you many options, contact our Birmingham practice for sleep apnea treatment today. Dr. Maniscalco and our entire team look forward to discussing your situation in person.