Central Sleep Apnea Torrance
Central sleep apnea is a type of sleep apnea that occurs when the brain fails to signal the body to breathe during sleep. Central sleep apnea is often associated with other serious health problems, such as kidney failure, brain damage, congestive heart failure or hypothyroidism. Some patients with central sleep apnea also have obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when the airways become obstructed during sleep. Dr. Kim, our Torrance central sleep apnea expert, offers treatments for patients with sleep apnea.
When you sleep, the muscles in your throat relax along with the muscles throughout your body. If they become too relaxed to keep the airway open, it will collapse, which can stop your breathing. Although your brain will wake you briefly to get the airways open again, your body still responds to the stress of oxygen deprivation, and over time, the lack of sleep and oxygen can take a heavy toll on your health. Dr. Kim, our expert in central sleep apnea in Torrance works closely with patients to find a solution to alleviate their symptoms and help them get the sleep they need.
Torrance Central Sleep Apnea
You may be more likely to suffer from sleep apnea if you have large tonsils, a larger neck, are overweight or obese, or are older. Dr. Kim, our Torrance central sleep apnea expert, will evaluate your risk factors, perform a physical exam and may recommend additional testing. If you have central sleep apnea, your care will need to be carefully coordinated to address both the underlying cause of the breathing cessation as well as the symptoms of the apnea. An oral appliance may be used to manage the obstructive sleep apnea while CPAP therapy can be helpful for maintaining proper breathing.
Dr. Kim, our expert in central sleep apnea in Torrance, works with our patients to find the right solutions for their needs. Our goal is to ease your symptoms and help you get better quality sleep. Call us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in sleep apnea in Torrance, Dr. Kim.