Find Relief From Sleep Apnea Symptoms
At Oasis ENT, we are committed to helping our patients find relief from their persistent health issues and that includes sleep apnea. Start your journey to break free from sleep apnea and its symptoms at our Surprise, AZ location. Schedule an appointment with our team to reclaim your healthy sleep.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder that causes a person to stop breathing for small windows of time while they are asleep. The severity of this condition varies but the most common form of sleep apnea affects around 10%-30% of people over the age of 18 in the United States.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Many people do not realize they have sleep apnea even when the lapses in breathing interrupt the sleep cycle; some people do not fully wake up during the lapses and are therefore unaware they are happening. Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Loud snoring
- Gasping for air/choking during sleep
- Headaches upon waking
- Dry mouth upon waking
- Difficulty focusing
Sleep Apnea Risks
Once you have been diagnosed, it is important to start sleep apnea treatment as soon as possible. Daily fatigue can be dangerous as it increases your risk of being in a vehicle accident or having an accident at your workplace or home. Breathing lapses lead to sleep and oxygen deprivation which can wreak havoc on your physical and mental health. Treatment can help you avoid the risks associated with this sleep disorder, including health issues such as:
- Congestive heart failure
- Heart attack
How is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?
If you believe you have sleep apnea, it is important to see a doctor and get a diagnosis immediately. During your first appointment you can discuss your symptoms and any current health issues before undergoing a physical exam. This will help the doctor determine your risk factors as well as the severity of the disorder. Lastly, a sleep study will be conducted to provide more information for your diagnosis if you are indeed suffering from sleep apnea.
Types of Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea consists of three main types:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): This is the most typical type of sleep apnea and it occurs when soft tissue obstructs the airway due to muscles in the throat relaxing.
- Central Sleep Apnea (CSA): This is a less common type of sleep apnea and it occurs when an issue within the nervous system interrupts the brain’s signals to the muscles that regulate breathing.
- Complex Sleep Apnea: This type is also known as mixed sleep apnea since it is a combination of OSA and CSA.
Sleep Apnea Treatment at Oasis Ear, Nose and Throat
At Oasis ENT, our general ENT services include treatment for sleep apnea. After a sleep test and diagnosis, we can discuss treatment options and discover the best fit for you. If you are suffering from mild sleep apnea, weight loss and quitting smoking are helpful lifestyle changes to make. In severe cases, a sleep apnea machine called a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine can be worn during nighttime sleep to keep air flowing and sleep uninterrupted.
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