One of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea is daytime sleepiness, which is easily measured by the Epworth Sleepiness Scale.
If you think you may be suffering from it you’ll want to consult a Denver sleep dentist as well as a sleep physician who will work together. The sleep physician will diagnose you and our Denver office will treat your sleep apnea if you’re a suitable candidate. When it comes to such a predicament there are three different types that patients can suffer from. It’s important to know the specific type you have so that the proper treatment can be administered to you.
The most commonly seen type is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by blockage in the airway that disrupts the natural breathing pattern. This obstruction can be caused by various factors such as a poor sleeping position, genetics, obesity, and enlarged soft tissues such as the tonsils, adenoids, and the tongue. Conditions such as allergies and respiratory infections can also cause temporary obstructive sleep apnea.
The second kind is central sleep apnea which is caused when the brain does not send and/or receive the proper signals that control breathing. This happens when there is an imbalance in the part of the brain known as the respiratory control centers.
But people can have both types, and sometimes this is described as a third type of it, called either mixed or complex sleep apnea.