Obstructive Sleep Apnea versus Central Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is when the airwaybecomes narrowed or obstructed and you're making the effort to breathe but we do notsee any flow in air movement coming from your nose or mouth. Where central sleep apnea occurswhere your brain forgets to tell your body to breathe. If we're looking at it from avery simplistic term and so we do not see the drive to breathe. So the first step isto come into the and be seen by one of our physicians in the sleep medicine .We'll go through a questionnaire and try to determine what risk factors we think you havefor sleep apnea such as obesity, snoring, daytime sleepiness and then if we think thatyou have a high risk for meeting those criteria
then we would set you up for a sleep studyeither in your home to do an overnight sleep study or in our laboratory, depending on yoursituation. The CPAP can be used to treat both conditions and, in some patients, that isenough. However, there are some patients that have more complex types of central sleep apneathat require more complicated types of machines to treat that condition. Obstructive sleepapnea actually has been linked to a lot of other problems such as high blood pressureand then, you know, difficulty functioning during the day. If it goes untreated for along period of time there's an increased risk of early heart problems and those types ofthings.
Weight Loss Surgery Success Can Weight Loss Cure Sleep Apnea
Hello everyone this is Clark from the Center for Weight Loss Success in Newport New, VA. And on this podcast of Weight Loss Surgery Success we're going to be talking to Timothy Queen who is one of the ENT surgeons here inNewport News, VA. We're going to discuss a little bit aboutsleep apnea and weight loss. Stay tuned, we'll be right back. Welcome back everyone. This is Clark again and we are talking to Timothy Queen.
is where the ENT surgeons here inNewport News Reader talk a little bit about sleep apnea Queen, tell us a little bit aboutyourself. Thank you, Tom I'm Tim Queen and grain I'm practicing here in Newport News in the Oyster Point area. I've been in practice since 1995 I grew up in Virginia, went to school at UVA and went out to Southern California for residency and then came back to the great Commonwealth. I've been practicing ever since.
Queen and I go way back. We have kids about the sameage and we're good friends here in Newport News. Today we're going to talk a little bitabout sleep apnea and how does sleep apnea affect weight. Tim whydon't you discuss a little bit about what sleepapnea is, how do we evaluated it, and that kind of thing. Well sleep apnea basically is when you stop
breathing while you're sleeping.I There are different forms. It can be a central nervous systemproblem, called a neurologic issue. And then there's obstructive sleep apneawhich is what we tend to deal with when there's some type of obstructioninsider the upper airway that can keep the airflow in your lungs. When you fall asleep muscles relax and so it closes off your airway.
If you already have some type of previous obstruction, it tends to block your airway. When you fall asleep and your not breathing your oxygen level starts to fall and you wake up to start to breathe again. And then you increase so you can get more air in. you to wake up to start breathing again. People who have sleep apnea may have theseepisodes multiple times during the hour
where they stop breathing and they wake upagain to catch a breathe. That can leadto numerous medical problems including cardiopulmonary failure. Obviously the danger of being sleepy during the day, auto accidents are more common with sleep apnea patients. So a lot of different medical problemscan come up from sleep apnea. So it's not just that all these other problems exist and they're by themselves but actually the sleep apneaitself can make these problems worse.