The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. In this condition, the airway collapses or becomes blocked during sleep.
The less common type is central sleep apnea. This disorder occurs if the area of your brain that controls your breathing doesn't send the correct signals to your breathing muscles.
Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed. Doctors usually can't detect the condition during routine office visits. Most people who have sleep apnea don't know they have it because it only occurs during sleep.
Lifestyle changes, oral appliances (mouthpieces), surgery, and breathing devices can successfully treat sleep apnea in many people. Roshelle Major - Banks, DDS, Diplomate, ABDSM
Increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, and diabetes
Increases the risk of, or worsen, heart failure
Makes arrhythmias (ah-RITH-me-ahs), or irregular heartbeats, more likely
Increases the chance of having work-related or driving accidents
Can be life threatening