Understanding Sleep Apnea

Apnea is a Greek word that means “want of breath”. Sleep Apnea occurs when a person stops breathing for at least 10 seconds up to thirty times or more a night therefore apnea is defined as the temporary cessation of breathing during sleep.

Sleep apnea is a disorder that can be dangerous and exhausting. Certain individuals are more likely to get sleep apnea than others. Older adults, male adults, smokers and people who take depressant drugs are all more likely to develop sleep apnea. Snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea or another sleep disorder. If you are showing symptoms of sleep apnea, it is important to reach out to a doctor.

There are different types of sleep apnea. In Central Sleep Apnea, the brain doesn’t transmit signals to the muscles that regulate a person’s breathing, which can cause a person to temporarily stop breathing in their sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is far more common, and it involves the muscles in the back of the throat becoming too relaxed, which will narrow the airway too much. People with sleep apnea will find it hard to sleep in many cases, or they will have a hard time staying asleep. They may also awaken with shortness of breath.

Dr. Maggan is a sleep apnea specialist and can help patients work out which treatment options are right for them. Patients who go to Center for TMJ Therapy are able to get a consultation and possible solutions to their sleep apnea. It is important to discuss your concerns with a doctor, as they are the experts in sleep apnea causes and treatments.

To make an appointment with Dr. Maggan, patients can schedule online or call the office at 770-521-1978. We look forward to helping you as soon as possible!

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