September 05, 2017
Category: Sleep Apnea

Do you know what sleep apnea is?

Before reading on, make sure to read out last blog post introducing both snoring sleep apnea.

As we learned, sleep apnea is a huge cause of snoring. Affecting millions of people, sleep apnea is more common than most people are aware of. Sleep apnea, while it causes snoring, is a dangerous disease that causes you to actually stop breathing throughout the night. For this reason, if you are a snorer, you should undergo a sleep study.


Sleep apnea presents itself in two types: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Central Sleep Apnea (CSA).


Below, Dr. Samuels examines both types:




OSA is the far more common form of sleep apnea. OSA is when your airway becomes physically blocked by fat, growths, or something else. When your airway becomes blocked, your brain does not receive as much blood flow and will trigger your body to wake up to improve breathing. When you wake up, you may let out a loud gasping or choking sound.


OSA symptoms:


- Frequent snoring

- Morning headaches

- Not feeling rested in the morning

- Excessive daytime drowsiness


What causes OSA?


- Old age

- Excessive fatty tissue

- Enlarged tonsils or adenoids

- Consuming alcohol

- Tobacco usage (smoking)


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CSA, while far less common than OSA, is more serious than OSA. CSA is more of a psychological problem vs. a physical issue. CSA is caused when your brain “forgets” to send signals to your body to breathe.


CSA symptoms:


- Gasping for air upon waking up

- Fatigue

- Mood swings

- Issues for concentrating for long periods


What causes CSA?


- Obesity

- Cardiovascular health disorders

- Some prescription medications

- Dementia


Make sure to stay tuned to our next blog. In it, Dr. Samuels will evaluate what treatment methods are available to alleviate sleep apnea.


Need a Rockville, MD dentist?


If you are in need of a dentist in the Rockville area, feel free to schedule an appointment today. If you believe you are suffering from sleep apnea, it is important to undergo a sleep study before seeking treatment.


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