Sleep apnea can be serious if left untreated. Untreated sleep apnea may lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, heart attack, obesity, diabetes, and other serious medical conditions. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, contact us to discuss treatment options that will improve your quality of life.
Sleep apnea is a sleep-related breathing disorder where breathing stops during sleep. It happens when the muscles that keep airways open relax too much while sleeping. As a result, the upper airway becomes blocked, and the person wakes up gasping for breath.
There are two types of sleep apnea: obstructive and central sleep apnea. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea where the soft tissue at the back of the throat muscles relax too much causing an airway obstruction. This causes you to stop breathing during sleep. On the other hand, Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) occurs when the brain fails to send signals to the muscles that control breathing. CSA is caused by some health conditions that affect how your brain controls your airway.
Obesity is one of the main risk factors for developing obstructive sleep apnea. However, there are many other reasons someone might suffer from this disorder. These include:
Some symptoms that people with sleep apnea often experience include snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness or tiredness, morning headaches, irritability, mood swings, poor concentration, lack of energy, and difficulty falling asleep at night. Other symptoms include restless leg syndrome, dry mouth, and frequent urination.
If you notice any of these symptoms, we can help determine if sleep anpea might be the cause, and find the right treatment for you. We will examine you to determine whether you have obstructive apnea. Our doctors will work closely with you to develop a personalized plan for treating your sleep apnea.
There are many different types of treatments available for sleep apnea. These include positive airway pressure devices, oral appliances, surgery, and lifestyle changes. We will discuss all the options available so you can make an informed decision regarding which one is right for you.
When you come into our office for a consultation, we will provide you with information about the various treatment options available. Our goal is to ensure that you receive the best possible care. To schedule an appointment, call us today!