To understand our Orange County sleep apnea treatment you must first understand this sleep disorder. Sleep apnea is a common form of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB). Sleep-disordered breathing pertains to sleep dysfunctions which involve the respiratory system. Considered a serious disorder, sleep apnea occurs when regular breathing is interrupted during sleep. This sleep disorder may affect anyone, but it has been noted to be more prevalent in men than in women. Moreover, the risk of having sleep apnea is higher for those who are overweight or over 40 years old as well as those with a family history of sleep apnea. People with a small or misaligned jaw or a narrow airway are also more likely to suffer from sleep apnea.
There are two main types of sleep apnea: central sleep apnea (CSA) and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In CSA, breathing repeatedly stops and starts because the brain temporarily ceases to send signals to the muscles that control breathing. Meanwhile, OSA is the most common type, affecting approximately 25 million adults in the United States. Obstructive sleep apnea is the repetitive obstruction of the upper airway during sleep. This leads to frequent pauses in your breathing as you sleep which in turn results in oxygen desaturation and frequent arousals from sleep. What causes the obstruction? The repeated obstruction is due to the soft tissue collapsing at the back of the throat.