Dr. Albert Lee: Sleep Apnea

President of Indiana Neurology Specialty Care in Lafayette, Dr. Albert Lee is an accomplished physician who treats the full spectrum of neurological conditions, including sleep disorders. Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that is marked by repeated interruptions in breathing.

There are two types of sleep apnea: obstructive and central. With obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the airway becomes blocked, often because the throat tissues collapse. Central sleep apnea (CSA) is a neurological condition that occurs when the brain fails to send signals to the muscles that stimulate breathing.

Sleep apnea can often be treated by making simple lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, avoiding alcohol, or sleeping in a different position. Other options include surgery to correct nasal problems or to remove soft tissues in the throat. Some people are helped by an oral appliance that is custom-made by a dentist to hold the lower jaw in a position that keeps the airway open. One treatment that has brought many patients relief is the use of a continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) machine. This device delivers gentle air pressure through the nose and prevents the throat from collapsing.

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