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Sleep-Related Breathing Problems

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Texas Pulmonary Institute

Pulmonary Medicine & Critical Care Medicine located in Port Arthur, TX

If you’re one of the 22 million Americans who experience sleep-related breathing problems, you can find help at Texas Pulmonary Institute in Port Arthur, Texas. Roozbeh Sharif, MD, and the medical team specialize in diagnostic testing and treatment services for obstructive sleep apnea, snoring, and other sleep-related breathing problems. The team customizes treatment plans to improve your quality of sleep and reduce your risk for serious health complications. Call Texas Pulmonary Institute to learn more about treatment options for sleep-related breathing problems or book a consultation online today.


Sleep-Related Breathing Problems Q&A

What are common sleep-related breathing problems?

Sleep-related breathing disorders describe difficult or abnormal breathing issues that occur while you sleep. Some common sleep-related breathing problems include:


Snoring happens when the air you breathe in moves around the tissue at the back of your throat. When the tissues vibrate, it makes the snoring sound.

Occasional snoring occurs in most people. If you snore more than three nights a week, you might have a sleep-related breathing disorder. Chronic snoring can be a side effect of obstructive sleep apnea, nasal congestion, or the anatomy of your mouth or nose.

Sleep apnea

There are two categories of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your airway collapses during sleep. This leads to pauses in your breathing that affect how much oxygen your body is getting. You may frequently wake up gasping for breath, snore loudly, and feel sleepy during the day.

Central sleep apnea (CSA)

Central sleep apnea is less common than OSA and develops due to dysfunction in the signals that control your breathing muscles. Your brain doesn’t send proper signals to active breathing during sleep.

You can also have mixed sleep apnea, a condition where you have characteristics of both obstructive and central sleep apnea.

Sleep-related hypoventilation disorders

Sleep-related hypoventilation disorders occur when your levels of carbon dioxide increase during sleep because air isn’t moving in and out of your lungs properly. This condition can be a side effect of lung disorders like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pulmonary hypertension.

How are sleep-related breathing problems diagnosed?

Because of the disruption of oxygen flow while you sleep, sleep-related breathing disorders can increase your risk for serious and long-term medical conditions including heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke.

If you snore or have other symptoms of a breathing disorder, the team at Texas Pulmonary Institute may recommend a sleep study to monitor your breathing and movements when you sleep. They also use pulmonary function tests to assess how well you can move air in and out of your lungs.

How are sleep-related breathing problems treated?

Your treatment plan for sleep-related breathing problems may include a combination of therapies that help you breathe better during sleep. This might include medications to induce sleep and antihistamines to reduce inflammation in your upper respiratory system.

Dental appliances that keep your jaw in a forward position can also reduce snoring and prevent obstructive sleep apnea.

Using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is another effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. This device delivers supplemental oxygen into your body through a facemask.  

To find out more about the available treatments for sleep-related breathing disorders, call Texas Pulmonary Institute to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.