Sleep Apnea Austin
Do you wake up feeling tired even after hours of sleep? Do your days normally greet you with a morning headache? Do you find that you are moody and drowsy throughout the day? Does your spouse complain of your loud and constant snoring? These are all common symptoms of sleep apnea, a deadly condition that usually goes undiagnosed and untreated for millions of Americans. Patients with sleep apnea experience multiple pauses in breathing while they sleep, in some cases hundreds of times each night, a problem that can lead to serious health conditions.
For most sleep apneics, the problem often goes undiagnosed for so long because the condition only takes effect when the patient is sleeping. Problems such as headaches and drowsiness are so vague and can be related to a plethora of other factors that most sleep apneics don’t think to go to a doctor. However, if you find that you’re suffering from these symptoms for an extended time period, it is critical to schedule a consultation with Dr. Matthews to discuss sleep apnea and sleep testing options in Austin. Though Dr. Matthews is a general dentist and can’t diagnose you with sleep apnea, if a sleep physician does find that you suffer from sleep apnea, Dr. Matthews may play an important role in your sleep apnea treatment to keep you safe at night.
Types of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is not an easy condition to deal with simply because there isn’t just one type. Patients can suffer from one of the three apneas, all of which are dangerous and can cause serious health risks such as stroke, diabetes, poor cardiovascular health, and even organ failure. Below are the three types of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive sleep apnea – Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most commonly found type of sleep apnea. It occurs when the airway becomes obstructed or severely narrowed due to a soft palate collapse. Obstructive sleep apnea is commonly found in those who are overweight due to the excess fat deposits in the throat and neck areas, however, patients who are NOT overweight can also suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea can also be caused by the tongue, tonsils, and other soft tissues in the throat.
- Central sleep apnea – Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain “forgets” to notify the body to breathe. The cause of central sleep apnea is usually due to a problem in the respiratory control centers that are housed in the brain.
- Complex sleep apnea – Complex sleep apnea is a mixture between OSA and central sleep apnea. Patient sometimes develop complex sleep apnea after OSA goes untreated for so long that the brain then becomes affected, causing central sleep apnea episodes along with the obstructive sleep apneas.
Sleep Safe And Sound – Control Your Sleep Apnea With Dr. Matthews
Sleep apnea is a deadly condition that should be taken very seriously. No matter if you possibly suffer from mild, moderate, or severe sleep apnea, it’s important that you are given the proper sleep apnea treatment to avoid potentially life-threatening health consequences. Don’t let a treatable condition negatively impact your life. Contact us online or call us at (512) 452-2273 to meet with Dr. Matthews.
Dr. Matthews is a general dentist.