What Causes Sleep Apnea?
OSA occurs when the throat muscles relax and the soft tissue collapses as a result. The walls of your throat close, decreasing the amount of air that can enter. When you cannot obtain sufficient oxygen, your brain responds by waking you. Many times, this awakening is accompanied by choking or gasping for air. This process may be repeated hundreds of times during the night.
If you think you are experiencing sleep apnea symptoms, contact our office for a free consultation for sleep apnea in Indian Trail, NC. A consult with Dr. Ernst includes an evaluation of your medical and sleep history, rhinometer and pharyngometer testing, and identification of risk factors, all without obligation.
Sleep apnea stages from Cigna website: http://www.cigna.com/healthwellness/hw/medical-topics/stages-of-sleep-apnea-td1135