Types of Sleep Apnea


Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA most common type of Sleep Apnea.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA most common type of Sleep Apnea.

When throat muscles relax during sleep, the air passages may become blocked because the soft tissues around the throat and nasal airways also relax impeding the free flow of air.

It is most common type of Sleep Apnea. When throat muscles relax during sleep, the air passages may become blocked because the soft tissues around the throat and nasal airways also relax impeding the free flow of air.

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Types of Sleep Apnea:

#1 Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA most common type of Sleep Apnea.

When throat muscles relax during sleep, the air passages may become blocked because the soft tissues around the throat and nasal airways also relax impeding the free flow of air.

It is most common type of Sleep Apnea. When throat muscles relax during sleep, the air passages may become blocked because the soft tissues around the throat and nasal airways also relax impeding the free flow of air.

1.1   Mild OSA: A person that suffers has 5-14 episodes of interruption in breathing in 1 hour.

1.2. Moderate OSA: A person that suffers has 15-30 episodes of interruption in breathing in 1 hour.

1.3.  Severe OSA: A person that suffers has 30 or more episodes interruptions in breathing in 1 hour.

#2 Central Sleep Apnea (CSA)

Central Sleep Apnea or CSA – there is an imbalance in the brain’s respiratory control center during sleep, disrupting the signals between the brain and the diaphragm muscles that control breathing.

#3 Mixed Sleep or Complex Sleep Apnea

Mixed Sleep Apnea is a blend of both obstructive and central apneas symptoms.

Results of Sleep Apnea Treatment

Is a diagnosis of OSA permanent? That depends, at least in part, on you. Treatments may be effective at holding airways open, but many of the causes of OSA are related to lifestyle choices.

Risk factors for OSA include:

  • Cigarette use
  • Alcohol and narcotic use
  • Being overweight
  • Being inactive

If your condition is related to lifestyle choices, you will need to address those for long-term success. Continuing to do those things that cause sleep apnea will limit the efficacy of treatment efforts. Leading a healthy lifestyle may be necessary for lasting results.

Efforts to change poor behaviors are well worth it. When untreated for years, sleep apnea has the potential to increase your risk for very serious health problems, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart attack
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Stroke

The risks of untreated OSA are too great to ignore. If you suspect you have sleep apnea or if you have been diagnosed but have yet to seek treatment, contact us today to schedule an evaluation and learn how we can help.

Sleep Apnea Professionals You Can Trust

sub-consultationAnacapa Dental Art Institute is dedicated to providing men and women in Oxnard and beyond the most advanced and effective treatments available. With OSA, this extends to oral appliances that have a standing record of comfort and efficacy along with lifestyle recommendations based on years of observation, study, and personal experience. We care about each patient we treat and will take time to create a plan that is effective without being punitive, helping move you towards years of restful and restorative sleep.

If you are a candidate for the sleep apnea procedure, you would be hard-pressed to find a dentist in Ventura County more capable than Dr. Jivraj and his team at Anacapa Dental Art Institute. With over 25 years experience to boast, Dr. Jivraj is truly an artist when it comes to the sleep apnea procedures. If you are searching for an experienced Oxnard sleep apnea dentist, please call Anacapa Dental Art Institute at (805) 988-3317 to schedule an appointment with one of our caring, skilled dentists.

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