Patients can be diagnosed with three different types of sleep apnea, including obstructive, central, and complex sleep apnea. These three types can then be broken down into three levels of severity known as mild, moderate, or severe. This means that one person could be diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea while another patient is diagnosed with mild central sleep apnea.
The severity of sleep apnea depends on how often the patient stops breathing during sleep; the more periods of non-breathing, the higher the severity of sleep apnea. While mild sleep apnea isn’t severe when compared to severe sleep apnea, treatment is still crucial. Patients with mild sleep apnea can stop breathing 5-15 times each hour during sleep. When mild sleep apnea is left untreated, it can worsen and become moderate or even severe sleep apnea.
Studies conducted on sleep apnea have shown that the condition, in all forms, leads to a variety of health problems including increased risk of failing cardiovascular health, obesity, diabetes, low testosterone levels, daytime fatigue, and many others. Studies have also determined that sleep apnea treatment greatly decreases blood pressure, which then reduces the risk of sleep apnea-related conditions.
Mild Or Severe – Treatment Is A Must
While mild sleep apnea may not seem as consequential as severe sleep apnea; the same
symptoms and health risks apply to any patient that is diagnosed with the condition, no matter the severity. Some patients may find that what was first diagnosed as mild sleep apnea can become moderate or severe sleep apnea, especially if treatment is neglected or if certain risks, such as obesity, further complicate and worsen the problem. Neglecting proper treatment for sleep apnea puts your life and health at great risk.
If you are interested in learning more about a proven sleep apnea treatment that is suitable for mild, moderate, and severe sleep apnea, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Berry online or call (303) 691-0267 today. Although he does not diagnosis sleep apnea, Dr. Berry can help provide relief by working closely with each and every patient to determine the most suitable course of treatment.