Sleep Apnea Treatment
Rest and breathe better with sleep apnea treatment.
Millions of Americans suffer from sleep apnea, but many have no idea. If you feel drowsy during the day, snore loudly at night, or wake up feeling like you are struggling to breathe, there is a chance that the source of your troubles is sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is an increasingly common medical condition.
With sleep apnea, the patient stops breathing periodically throughout the night while they sleep. In severe cases, this can occur 30 times in an hour. Whenever the body stops breathing, the brain fails to get the oxygen it needs, and as a result, you wake up so you can start breathing again. These periods of wakefulness are often brief, and in most cases, the patient does not remember them at all. In fact, many suffering from sleep apnea believe themselves to be sleeping well every night, despite their lack of energy during the day.
Getting treatment for sleep apnea starts by knowing the signs.
If you are experiencing the following symptoms, you should talk to a medical professional about the possibility of having sleep apnea.
- Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
- Loud snoring at night
- Waking up at night short of breath
- Snorting or choking sounds during the night (indicating a restart of breathing)
- Headaches upon waking in the morning
- Falling asleep unintentionally during the day
- Extreme drowsiness throughout the day
There is more than one type of sleep apnea.
In fact, you can have one of three different types. The most common form is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This happens when something blocks the airway and prevent breathing. Usually this is the collapse of soft tissue at the back of the throat. The second type is central sleep apnea (CSA) where breathing stops due to a lack of signal from the brain. Finally, there is complex sleep apnea, which is where the patient has both types of sleep apnea simultaneously.
Certain people are more at risk of developing sleep apnea.
Men are more likely to develop sleep apnea than women, and people over 40 are more at risk than those who are younger. It is also more common in those who are overweight. With that said, anyone can develop sleep apnea, including otherwise healthy children. As such, even if you are not part of an at-risk population, if you are showing signs of sleep apnea, you should speak with a doctor.
Sleep apnea can be treated.
There are numerous ways in which sleep apnea can be treated. One option is to wear a device that helps to better position the jaw, avoiding obstruction of the airway. This is a treatment option we are able to offer. There are others if this does not work, including CPAP machines and surgery.
Ultimately, before treatment can begin, the patient must be officially diagnosed through a sleep study. To learn more, contact us.