Sleep apnea is a medical condition that results in the cessation of breathing while sleeping. Two forms of sleep apnea have been identified and are known as obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. While both forms of sleep apnea can be difficult to diagnose, the treatment of central sleep apnea requires specialized care in the fields of cardiology and neurology. If you are searching for effective obstructive sleep apnea treatment in New Braunfels, TX, Dr. Todd Smith and Dr. Michael Cole may be able to assist you.Sleep apnea affects millions of people yearly and can be a serious condition. In fact, the Center for Disease Control estimates that approximately 50 to 70 million people in the United States suffer from sleep apnea. Risk factors for this condition include being overweight, the use of alcohol or cigarettes, age (greater than age 60), and familial history. Males are twice as likely to experience sleep apnea. Mouth breathing while sleeping, whether due to allergy and sinus issues or nasal blockages, is also a risk factor for this condition.The most common sign of sleep apnea is fatigue throughout the day. Interruptions in sleeping patterns impair our ability to achieve gainful sleep, which in turn causes conditions associated with sleep disturbances. Examples of such conditions are chronic headaches, high blood pressure, and heart arrhythmias.Snoring is also a common sign of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is characterized by the compression of tissues in the back of the throat during sleep. Snoring occurs when these tissues vibrate, resulting from air being forced through the obstructed airway. Snoring can be disruptive to your own sleep patterns as well as others around you. There is, however, a cure for snoring resulting from sleep apnea.
Call Dr. Smith and Dr. Cole for an appointment today if you are seeking sleep apnea treatment or a cure for snoring in the New Braunfels, TX area.