Sleep apnea is a common but serious sleep disorder in which breathing suddenly starts and stops while you are asleep. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to daytime tiredness, loud snoring, and serious health issues, such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, cardiomyopathy, heart attack, and diabetes. However, with our comprehensive treatment plan for sleep apnea, you can get rid of this disorder.
Causes of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea can be obstructive or central. As the name implies, blockage of the airway when soft tissues collapse in the rear of your throat causes obstructive sleep apnea. On the other hand, central sleep apnea is related to dysfunction in your central nervous system. It happens when your brain fails to send signals to your breathing muscles, causing a sudden arrest in breathing. People with a history of stroke or neuromuscular diseases, such as ALS, experience central sleep apnea.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
- Daytime sleepiness
- Restlessness while sleeping
- Sudden awakenings with a feeling of choking or gasping
- Sore throat or dry mouth on waking up
- Trouble in concentrating
- Irritability and forgetfulness
- Depression and anxiety
- Frequent nighttime urination
- Night sweats
- Sexual dysfunction
Treatment of Sleep Apnea
- Conservative Treatments
If you have mild obstructive sleep apnea, you can benefit from conservative therapy, whereby we ask you to lose weight, avoid alcohol, stop consuming sleeping pills, and avoid sleeping on your back. If you have nasal congestion or sinus problems, we prescribe breathing strips or nasal spray to enhance your airflow and reduce snoring.
- Mechanical Therapy
We use Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) Therapy with a machine. In this therapy, you are required to wear a mask over your nose, which carries the air forced by an air blower. The air pressure keeps the tissues from collapsing while you are asleep. We use different types of positive airway pressure devices, such as CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), Bi-Level PAP, Adaptive Servo-Ventilation, and Auto Bi-Level PAP or Auto CPAP.
- Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulator
This treatment method uses a stimulator implanted on the right side of the chest under the skin to stimulate your hypoglossal nerve, which makes your tongue move forward and keeps the airway open.
- Mandibular Advancement Devices and Surgery
We give you oral mandibular advancement devices to keep your tongue from blocking your throat and advancing your lower jaw forward. On the other hand, the surgical processes to treat sleep apnea include somnoplasty, tonsillectomy, uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), maxillary or mandibular advancement surgery, and nasal surgery.
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