Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a condition that causes a person to momentarily stop breathing while sleeping. This means that the brain and body don’t get enough oxygen leaving the person with sleep apnea tired or irritable the next day.
Without treatment, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, heart attack or stroke. If the sleep is severe and has gone on for a long time, it can lead to heart failure.
Dr. Julio J. Bordas, Board Certified in Family Medicine with over ten years experience in the treatment of sleep apnea and snoring is a member of our team.
A sleep study will be performed in the comfort of your own home. Utilizing a new technology called Sleepview.
Patients can be tested within their own residence without an observer and with fewer sensors attached to their body. This reduces anxiety, leads to a more natural night of sleep.
Many things can cause or contribute to sleep apnea including the following
- A greater than normal relaxation of the throat muscles and tongue
- The structure of the head and neck. This can cause the airway of the mouth and throat to be unusually small. Sometimes the structure of the head and neck contribute to the throat being blocked during sleep.
- Large tonsils and adenoids
- Being overweight
- Positive air pressure devices
- Counseling on lifestyle changes that can help reduce sleep apnea
- Mouth guards and mandibular advancement splints to shift the position of the tongue and jaw to keep the airways open
- Surgical procedure
Consequences of Sleep Apnea
- Difficulty concentrating on tasks such as driving
- Fatal Car accidents are increased seven-fold
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Morning and daytime headaches
- General irritability
- Impaired emotional functioning