Sleep Apnea: Frequently Asked Questions

Sleep Apnea sufferer with CPAP machine

Stop suffering from Sleep Apnea - find answers to common questions and make an appointment today!

What is the main cause of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs when your airway becomes blocked while you’re sleeping. Many times, the tongue and throat muscles relax and cause blockage to the windpipe. Unique issues within the mouth, such as enlarged tonsils or tongue can increase the risk of struggling with sleep apnea or general sleep disorders;.

What are the most common symptoms of sleep apnea (sleep disorders?

One of the most common causes of sleep apnea is tendency towards snoring. This can be tricky, as not all people who snore have sleep apnea. Your partner or spouse may also notice periodic lapses in breathing for brief periods of time throughout the night. Because of this, it is helpful to take them along to your appointment should you seek medical assistance with this problem. They are likely to be able to describe how often you make choking or gasping sounds during your sleep, something you probably are not aware of. Morning headaches, combined with troublesome and  excessive daytime drowsiness occur due to the fact that people with sleep apnea most often cannot achieve restful sleep at night.

Other symptoms can often include:

  • hypertension
  • chest pain upon waking
  • dry mouth and sore throat in the morning
  • mood instability, frequent periods of depression and/or anxiety and irritability.
I believe I may suffer from sleep apnea - is there anything else that should concern me about this diagnosis?

Sleep apnea decreases the quality of sleep an individual gets at night, which can multiply problems in other aspects of life, including memory problems, trouble concentrating and mood disturbances; it can also increase your chances of having an accident while driving.

Are there people who are more at risk to suffer from sleep apnea than others?

Family and medical history pay a big part of the diagnosis. Your doctor will want to know if other family members have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, or suffered from the symptoms. Unfortunately many people do not seek proper assistance with this issue, and may not think to make others aware of their symptoms. Weight also plays a part in a sleep apnea diagnosis; some people who are overweight are at an increased risk of this disorder.

Are children at risk of developing sleep apnea?

Yes, children are susceptible to sleep apnea diagnosis, but there are differences in how the adult and child experience this disorder. Adults usually have daytime sleepiness; children are more likely to have behavioral problems. One of the main causes in adults is obesity, while in children the most common underlying condition is enlarged adenoids and tonsils. Catching the disorder early, and seeking the proper treatment are important to prevent complications that can affect growth, cognitive development and behavior.

Find out more by scheduling an appointment with your Bella Vista sleep specialist today!

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