Sleep Disorder Breathing

Dental Sleep Medicine located in Tampa, FL

Sleep Disorder Breathing

Sleep Disorder Breathing services offered in Tampa, FL

As many as 80% of the 22 million Americans with sleep apnea and other forms of sleep-disordered breathing issues aren’t even aware they have it. If you’re getting up just as tired as when you went to bed or wake up gasping for air, you may have a sleep-disordered breathing condition. Juliet Bulnes-Newton, DMD, at Sleep Better Tampa in Florida, treats all forms of sleep apnea. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

Sleep Disorder Breathing Q&A

What is sleep-disordered breathing?

Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is an upper-airway obstruction occurring during sleep. SDB represents a group of conditions characterized by abnormal breathing patterns while sleeping that may or may not include other nervous system, respiratory, cardiovascular, or endocrine diseases. Common sleep-disordered breathing problems include obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea (CSA).

Who is at risk for sleep-disordered breathing problems?

Anyone can experience SDB, but you’re at an increased risk if the following factors are present:


  • Obesity
  • Increased neck circumference
  • Hypothyroidism
  • High blood pressure
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Chronic lung diseases
  • Craniofacial abnormalities
  • Smoking
  • Being male
  • Being older
  • Having a family history of sleep apnea
  • Drinking alcohol or using sedatives or tranquilizers


Having nasal congestion can also contribute to developing a sleep-disordered breathing issue.

What are the risks of sleep-disordered breathing issues?

Having a condition that causes inadequate airflow when you’re sleeping can lead to several health complications. Because your brain wakes you up between five and 30 times per hour to help you inhale enough oxygen, you fail to get the restorative sleep you need, leading to daytime fatigue, irritability, and difficulty concentrating. 


Left untreated, sleep-disordered breathing problems may cause:


  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Liver problems


If you sleep with a partner, the loud snoring caused by your SDB also affects their ability to get a good night’s sleep. In severe cases, sleep apnea and sleep-disordered breathing can lead to sudden death from an irregular heartbeat.

How are sleep-disordered breathing issues treated?

If you have a mild case of sleep apnea, Dr. Bulnes-Newton may recommend lifestyle changes like quitting smoking and losing weight. If you have nasal allergies contributing to nasal congestion, treating the allergies may eliminate the sleep-disordered breathing issues.


For more severe SBD, treatment may include:


  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)
  • Bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP)
  • Oral appliances
  • Treating underlying health issues
  • Supplemental oxygen


Sleep Better Tampa evaluates your sleep-disordered breathing issues and determines the best course of treatment to reduce your symptoms and lower your risk for associated health complications. To learn more about sleep-disordered breathing treatment, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.