On the surface, sleep apnea can seem like a nuisance. However, this potentially serious sleep disorder can pose life threatening health complications if left untreated. Characterized by repeated stops and starts in breathing, this condition can be very difficult to live with. If you’re tired of snoring loudly and feeling tired even after a full night’s sleep, Drs. Marlowe & Marrs are here to help. Visit our Sarasota center today to discover a new level of ENT and aesthetic health care.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea comes in three varieties, all ranging in severity and featuring their own unique symptoms:
- Obstructive – This form is the most common, and occurs when throat muscles relax during sleep. When the muscles relax, they obstruct your airway, causing snoring and breathing difficulty.
- Central – This form occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. Less common, central sleep apnea often occurs due to heart failure or stroke.
- Complex – Also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, this form occurs when someone has both obstructive and central forms of the condition at the same time.
Signs and symptoms of obstructive and central sleep apneas often overlap, sometimes making it difficult to determine which type you have. The most common signs and symptoms of both the obstructive and central varieties include loud snoring, gasping for air during sleep, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.
Seeking Help for Sleep Apnea
Loud snoring can indicate a potentially serious problem, but not everyone who has sleep apnea snores. For this reason, it is important to be mindful of the other symptoms that can be present. If you are experiencing excessive fatigue, have a difficult time paying attention, and have frequent headaches, discussing your symptoms with our experienced ENT staff may help. Seeking help early on can ensure that the disorder is properly addressed before you develop serious complications.
Complications From Sleep Apnea
This condition can affect anyone, even children. But certain factors such as age, gender, weight, and conditions such as heart disease, may put you at increased risk. Moreover, developing this condition can lead to a range of long-standing complications that are not always easy to treat. Fatigue and cardiovascular problems due to a decline in oxygen intake can lead to bouts of exhaustion and irregular heart rhythm. In order to prevent these from occurring, we strongly recommend visiting us for an evaluation.
Get Relief In Sarasota, Florida
At Marlowe & Marrs, MD we treat our patients like close friends. We’re here to support and promote your health care needs every step of the way. If you think you may have sleep apnea, we encourage you to make an appointment today by calling (941) 303-8590 or selecting and filling out the appropriate form below.