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Everything about sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder characterized by recurrent pauses in breathing. You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly and feel exhausted even after a full night of sleep.
The most common forms of sleep apnea are:
The symptoms and indicators of obstructive and central sleep apnea overlap, making it difficult to distinguish between the two. These are the most prevalent signs and symptoms of obstructive and central sleep apnea:
Causes Obstructive sleep apnea
This occurs when the back of the throat muscles relaxes. The soft palate, uvula, tonsils, side walls of the throat, and tongue are supported by these muscles.
When muscles relax, the airway narrows or closes during inhalation. You cannot get enough air, which can drop your blood oxygen level. Your brain detects that you are unable to breathe and momentarily awakens you so that you can reopen your airway. This awakening is typically so brief that it is forgotten.
You may snort, suffocate, or gasp. This can happen anywhere from five to thirty times an hour all night long, keeping you from getting into the deep, restful stages of sleep.
Sleep apnea can affect anyone, including infants. However, certain variables enhance your risk.
Included among the risk factors for this type of sleep apnea are:
Sleep apnea is a severe medical disorder. Complicacies may involve:
Your doctor may do an evaluation based on how you feel and how you’ve slept in the past. If possible, a bed partner or family member can help you with this.
Breathing and other bodily functions during sleep are frequently monitored overnight in a sleep center as part of an evaluation. Home sleep testing may potentially be an alternative. The following tests can detect sleep apnea:
Nighttime polysomnography During this test, you are connected to equipment that monitors your heart, lung, and brain activity, as well as your breathing patterns, arm and limb movements, and blood oxygen levels as you sleep.
Sleep tests at homed: Doctor may offer you home-based diagnostic tools in order to diagnose sleep apnea. Typically, these tests assess your heart rate, blood oxygen level, airflow, and breathing patterns.
If the results are abnormal, your doctor may be able to recommend a treatment without performing additional tests. Portable monitoring equipment does not detect all cases of sleep apnea, so even if your initial results are normal, your doctor may still recommend polysomnography.
Your doctor may only recommend lifestyle changes, such as losing weight and quitting smoking. If you have nasal allergies, your physician will recommend allergy therapy. slumbering on one’s side. If these methods do not alleviate your signs and symptoms, or if your apnea is moderate to severe, there are a few alternative possible therapies. Certain devices can aid in clearing an obstructed airway. In other instances, surgery may be required.
Although CPAP is the most prevalent and effective treatment for sleep apnea, some individuals find it inconvenient or uncomfortable. Some people give up using the CPAP machine, but with experience, the majority are able to adjust the mask’s straps for a comfortable and secure fit.
You may need to try multiple masks before finding one that is comfortable. Do not stop using the CPAP machine if you experience difficulties. Consult your physician to determine what adjustments might be made to improve your comfort.
In addition, consult your physician if you continue to snore or if you begin snoring again despite treatment. If your weight changes, the CPAP machine’s pressure settings may need to be modified.
Typically, surgery is a last resort when other treatments have failed. Generally, a minimum three-month trial of other therapy alternatives is recommended prior to surgery. However, it is a viable first option for a small percentage of people with particular jaw structure issues or large tonsils.
Possible surgical options include:
Meet Our Team
Our team of highly qualified and experienced physicians drawn from across the world
- Dr. Issam Alachkar is an European Board certified ENT Consultant with over 20 years of experience. He is an experienced Head and Neck Surgeon with remarkable clinical practice in diagnosing and treating diseases of the ears, nose, sinuses, larynx, mouth and throat and the structures of the neck and face. He is affliated to various medical associations including Inter-American Association of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, American Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery as well as Syrian Society of ENT and Head and Neck Surgery. He has attended many conferences, courses and symposia both local and international setting.
- Dr. Yahia Kabil is a Specialist ENT Surgeon with over 50 years of experience. He is an experienced ENT Surgeon with remarkable clinical practice in diagnosing and treating diseases of the ears, nose, sinuses, larynx, mouth and throat. He is affiliated to various medical associations including Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and the British Association of Otorhinolaryngologists and Head and Neck Surgeons, U.K. Dr. Kabil has his Postgraduate training with extensive experience in eminent British hospitals in U.K from 1976 to 1998.
- Dr. Peter Baptista Jardin is an ENT expert with over 30 years of experience. Additionally, he has an expertise in nasal and sleep apnea surgery performing the first robotic transoral surgery in Spain, 2011, and has performed the only series of hypoglossal nerve stimulation in Spain. Throughout last 25 years, he performed more than 400 surgeries per year including endoscopic sinus surgery, anterior skull base surgery with reconstruction in conjunction with neurosurgery and ophthalmology.
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