Sleep Apnea

Not getting enough sleep can take a significant toll on your health and well-being. At Banner Health, we understand that rest is important to you. That’s why we provide a team of sleep specialists that listens to your needs. They diagnose and treat sleep disorders so that you can get a peaceful, undisturbed night’s rest.

Questions About Sleep Apnea

If you or someone you know is having trouble sleeping, snoring, waking up tired, waking up with a headache or feeling sleepy during the day, then you may be experiencing symptoms associated with a sleep disturbance called sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that leaves you feeling tired all day, even though you’ve had a full night’s sleep. Our doctors and staff at our sleep centers have the clinical expertise to diagnose your sleep disorder and begin treatment that will help you sleep better.

What Causes Sleep Apnea?

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.

What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

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
  • Snoring

What Are the Possible Side Effects?

Sleep apnea can cause many side effects. You might experience one or more of the following:

  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Excessive perspiring during sleep
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom at night
  • Heartburn
  • Increased irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Less able to handle stress
  • Low energy level
  • Morning headaches
  • Reduced libido
  • Short-term memory loss

How Can Sleep Apnea Affect My Lifestyle?

Sleep apnea can have many consequences for your safety and health, including:

  • Accidents due to sleepiness
  • Heart attacks
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Impotence
  • Stroke

What Are the Treatments for Sleep Apnea?

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.