Do You Snore Loudly? Do You Suffer From Insomnia Or Restless Sleep? Do You Wake Up With Headaches And Feel Exhausted Throughout The Day? The Chances Are You Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Risk Factors and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea While sleep apnea can affect anyone, its risk factors include:
- Being male
- Excess weight
- Being over the age of 40
- Having a family history of sleep apnea
- Smoking, use of sedatives, and opioid medications
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that involves interruption of breathing during sleep. Loud snoring is the most recognizable symptom of this condition, but it is not the most serious one. Because individuals with untreated sleep apnea repeatedly stop breathing during sleep, their bodies may not get enough oxygen. As a result, sleep apnea patients may experience frequent headaches, insomnia, and daytime sleepiness.
You might have sleep apnea if you snore loudly or experience fatigue after a full night’s sleep. Other characteristic symptoms include:
- Restless sleep
- Daytime sleepiness
- Morning headaches
- Waking up with a dry mouth
- Gasping for air during sleep
- Sleep apnea should be taken seriously because, if left untreated, it can result in such complications as high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.
Sleep Apena Treatment Options
There are several treatment options and Pacific Med Health Group offers the following:
Laser Reduction Of Excessive Tissue UPPP (Uveolopalatopharyngoplasty)
The UPPP procedure is one designed to reduce excessive tissue in the throat area. Dr. Omidi will assess you and determine if you are a candidate for this procedure. Dr. Omidi often employs fractionated CO2 laser to reduce the tissues making this procedure safer with much faster recover.
Sleep Apnea Appliances
You can breathe freely again! Safe and effective, oral appliance therapy is the golden standard for treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. Approved by the FDA, this device allows you to eliminate heavy snoring and treat daytime sleepiness without costly surgery. When you sleep, your airway passage may become temporarily blocked due to the pressure from your jaw, causing you to stop breathing and gasp for air. Oral appliance therapy works by moving your lower jaw forward to open up the airway while you sleep. This comfortable device not only reduces loud snoring but also addresses insomnia and other sleep-related problems. Learn more about oral appliance therapy to find out whether it is right for you and enjoy restful sleep.
Scheduling a consultation is a crucial first step in treating sleep apnea and improving the quality of your sleep.