What symptoms are associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is caused when the soft tissue in the back of your mouth and throat relaxes during sleep, blocking your airway. This blockage forces your body out of a state of rest and lowers the oxygen in your bloodstream, which can result in several symptoms, including:
- Choking spells at night
- Chest pain
- Memory and concentration problems
- Morning headaches
Excessive daytime sleepiness and restless tossing and turning at night are the most common symptoms of OSA, but these two symptoms alone do not always mean patients have sleep apnea.
What causes Central Sleep Apnea (CSA)?
Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) is rarer than OSA. Your airway is not physically blocked like in OSA; instead, your brain does not properly signal your body to breathe at all. This can be caused by a tumor or another type of neurological event, such as:
- A stroke
- Severe arthritis that has caused damage to the spine or base of the skull
- Congestive heart failure
- Neurological disease (i.e. Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease)
- Primary hyperventilation syndrome
- Complications during spinal cord surgery
Snoring is not usually a symptom of central sleep apnea.
If you live in the Norman, Oklahoma area and have further questions about sleep apnea, please fill out our online form or call Dr. Terry Bass, DDS today at 405-622-8996 to schedule an initial consultation.