Sleep Apnea in Patients With Substance Use Disorders: A Primer
The Carlat Addiction Treatment Report, Volume 6, Number 6, September 2018
Rehan Aziz, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology, Rutgers University—Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Dr. Aziz has disclosed that he has no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
There are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), central sleep apnea, and mixed. Of these, OSA is by far the most common, and that’s what we’ll focus on in this article. OSA is caused by excessive relaxation of the throat during sleep, which in some people causes enough obstruction to impede the flow of air.