Obstructive sleep apnea is caused when your upper airway is continuously blocked during sleep. The tissue around your airway collapses and blocks air from entering your lungs causing brain wakes you up enough to inhale for more oxygen. This can happen several times during the night.
Often, you don’t remember waking up, but still feel tired the next day. Sleep apnea is a progressive condition, worsening with age and weight gain.
There are many symptoms of sleep apnea. Ask yourself if you have the following:
- Frequent stops in breathing during sleep
- Non-refreshing sleep, very sleepy during the day
Sleep apnea can cause many side effects. You might experience one or more of the following:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Excessive perspiring during sleep
- Frequent trips to the bathroom at night
- Increased irritability
- Less able to handle stress
- Low energy level
- Morning headaches
- Reduced libido
- Short-term memory loss
Sleep apnea can have many consequences for your safety and health, including:
- Accidents due to sleepiness
- Heart attacks
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
Treatments for sleep apnea depend on the severity of your case. Our sleep doctors can recommend treatments that range from lifestyle changes to surgery.
Treating Mild Sleep Apnea
For mild sleep apnea, we suggest both self-care or specialty treatment options:
- Avoid sleeping on your back
- Avoid alcohol and sleeping pills
- Be at the recommended weight for your height
- Schedule laser surgery
- Wear dental appliances that reposition your jaw and tongue
Treating Moderate to Severe Sleep Apnea
We treat moderate to severe sleep apnea with nasal CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy. The air pressure acts as an air splint and keeps tissues in the airway from collapsing. When tolerated, it is 100% effective.
You and your doctor might also choose surgery that will help to increase the size of the airway. The success depends on the severity of the case.