Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder in which one or more pauses or shallow breathing occurs while sleeping. The airway is either narrow, causing disruptive snoring, or completely obstructed (obstructive sleep apnea), causing the sleeper to gasp and wake up fully or partially. Pauses can occur 1 to 100 times a night, and usually go unnoticed by the sleeper without a bed partner.

Symptoms Include:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Snoring or gasping
  • Waking up out of breath
  • Morning headaches
  • Inability to focus during day
  • Irritability
  • Dry mouth or sore throat

Sleep Peacefully with the Right Treatment

Sleep apnea has many possible causes, so it is important to determine which one is causing yours. Balloon sinuplasty may be a benefit to help relieve the symptoms of sleep apnea.

Schedule an appointment so we can start your diagnosis and help you gain freedom from sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. This means the brain — and the rest of the body — may not get enough oxygen.

There are two types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): The more common of the two forms of apnea, it is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep.
  • Central sleep apnea: Unlike OSA, the airway is not blocked, but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe, due to instability in the respiratory control center.

What Are the Effects of Sleep Apnea?

If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase the risk of health problems, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure, irregular heart beats, and heart attacks
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Worsening of ADHD
  • Headaches

In addition, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for poor performance in everyday activities, such as at work and school, motor vehicle crashes, and academic underachievement in children and adolescents.

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