When looking at sleep apnea as a whole, patients should recognize that there are 3 main types that one can suffer from. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most commonly diagnosed type of sleep apnea, occurs when the soft palate collapses during sleep which then causes obstruction to the airway. This leads to cessations in breathing at various times through the night when a patient is sleeping. Obstructive sleep apnea is widely linked to snoring, daytime sleepiness, headaches, and other conditions. Though it may not be as common or widely heard of, sleep apnea can be diagnosed in any one of any age, size, gender, and health. While some are more predisposed to the condition than others, any one can suffer from sleep apnea.
In fact, a recent study proved that even young children can suffer from sleep apnea. The study found that children who constantly wet the bed at night may have undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea. While more research is needed to prove the connection, sleep apnea may lead to bed-wetting because the condition disrupts natural brain signals that are sent and received to control bladder volume. Researchers believe that with proper sleep apnea treatment, in this case surgery to remove the adenoids and tonsils, that atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) and antidiuretic hormone (ADH) were restored which would then solved the problem of bed-wetting.
Have you been recently diagnosed with sleep apnea? Are you looking for a sleep apnea treatment method that will work for you and relieve you of all sleep apnea-related symptoms? If so, consulting Dr. Berry is the first step in the right direction. Dr. Berry knows the ins and outs of the variety of sleep apnea treatments that are available to you. While surgery may be the cure for some sleep apneics, in most patients non-surgical options, specifically oral appliance therapy have proven to be even more effective. Contact Dr. Berry online or call (303) 691-0267 today to schedule a sleep apnea consultation.