Sleep apnea is much more than someone who snores loudly at night and keeps loved ones awake. In fact, sleep apnea can become lethal to one’s health and the overall state of being. People with sleep apnea may not realize that they are missing out on a better quality of life. Among other sleep disorders, sleep apnea is a common problem that puts many people at risk of breathing issues and intense fatigue.
Symptoms of sleep apnea
Fortunately, we can provide treatment for sleep apnea and help patients receive the sleep that they need. The first step for any patient is to identify the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea, which include:
- Loud snoring
- Breathing cessation of breathing during sleep
- Dry mouth
- Sore throat
- Feeling excessively sleepy during the day
- Morning headaches
- Feeling irritable and having difficulty paying attention
- Waking up abruptly due to shortness of breath
A patient may experience some or all of these symptoms, depending on the type of sleep apnea he or she has. The main types of sleep apnea are obstructive Sleep Apnea, Central Sleep Apnea or Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome. The reason some people experience sleep apnea more prominently than others is due to the tongue falls backward and makes it much more difficult to breathe.
The cessation of breathing can last for a few seconds or even minutes, increasing the risk of injury or even death. Therefore, treating sleep apnea as soon as possible is crucial to one’s health. There are other possible causes for various forms of sleep apnea that we can go over during a consultation. In order to determine if a patient has sleep apnea, there are a few different tests that we will recommend.
To diagnose a specific sleep disorder such as sleep apnea, we will need to run what is known as a sleep diagnostic in an office or at the patient’s home. We can provide patients with a simplified version of the test that loved ones help the patient run at home. If they choose to go through the test in the office, we will hook them up to equipment that measures their heart beat, lung activity, breathing patterns, brain activity, arm/leg movements and blood/oxygen levels during sleep.
With these results, we will develop a treatment plan. With several different types of sleep apnea and multiple forms of treatment, we will recommend the best form of treatment for the patient’s condition.