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.
Caring For Your CPAP Mask Sleep Apnea Malibu Thousand Oaks Agoura Hills Ronald Popper
Patients often ask, quot;How do I care for my CPAP maskéquot; Caring for CPAP masks is relatively simple. Every morning, when you remove your mask, take a soft,soapy suds solution such as an Ivory dishwashing solution and simply soap it up liberally,and rinse it off and let it air dry. Never, never, never use harsh chemicals or detergentson the mask as this will accelerate the deterioration of your mask material, leading toair leakage and mask discomfort. Proper care of your mask will make it last longer,allowing you to use the mask for three to six months. I'm Ronald Popper, medical director ofthe Southern California Pulmonary and Sleep
Disorders Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California. To view more tutorials that help to address allof your questions about sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, please visitour website at SleepMD4You . Thank you for watching and always remember,sleep well tonight for a better day tomorrow.