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Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea is a condition that will affect your ability to breathe while you are asleep. While sleeping, your normal breathing patterns could be interrupted for 10 seconds or longer frequently throughout a single night, and in some cases, it may happen hundreds of times in a single evening. Left untreated, sleep apnea can prevent you from getting adequate sleep, leaving you feeling fatigued and groggy the next day. The long-term health effects could include weight gain, heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure, among other serious conditions.

Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea


Sleep apnea can affect both children and adults, but certain factors can increase your risk:

•  Excessive weight - Fat deposits found around the upper airway can obstruct your breathing, but both thin and overweight people can develop the disorder.
•  Narrowed airways - If you inherited a narrow throat, or if your adenoids or tonsils have become enlarged, your airway may be blocked.
•  Smoking - Smokers are three times more likely to develop obstructive sleep apnea than non-smokers.
•  Neck circumference - People with a thick neck could have a narrower airway.
•  Being a male - Men are twice as likely to develop sleep apnea than women.
•  Being older - Sleep apnea is significantly more likely to occur in adults over the age of 60.

Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea


Sleep ApneaThere are several symptoms of sleep apnea that may indicate a problem:

•  Excessive daytime sleepiness
•  Loud snoring
•  Morning headache
•  Insomnia or difficulty staying sleep
•  Attention or concentration problems
•  Episodes in which you stop breathing during sleep, as witnessed by another person
•  Abruptly waking up with shortness of breath
•  Waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth

Home Treatments for Mild Sleep Apnea


If you suffer from a mild form of sleep apnea, there are several home treatment options that you can employ to relieve your symptoms:

•  Don't sleep on your back, as your tongue will be more likely to block your airway
•  Sleep with your head elevated using a body wedge or extra pillows
•  Lose weight and exercise
•  Open up your nasal passages with a nasal dilator, a saline nasal flush, or breathing strips

Treatment Options for Moderate or Severe Sleep Apnea


If you suffer from moderate to severe sleep apnea, it is important to seek out the advice of a doctor trained in the field of sleep apnea. There are several treatment options available:

•  Use of a CPAP machine - A CPAP delivers air pressure via a mask placed over the nose while you sleep in order to keep your airway passages open.
•  Adjustable airway pressure devices - If use of a CPAP doesn't work for you, another airway pressure device that automatically adjusts pressure while you sleep might be a better option.
•  Custom oral appliances - Oral appliances made by our office can help to keep your throat open while you sleep.

If you are concerned that you might have sleep apnea, call our office to set up an appointment. We can help to identify sleep apnea and diagnose its severity. We will also have advice on the best treatment options to help with your condition.

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