Do you or your partner snore loud enough to be heard through closed doors?
Do you often feel tired, fatigued, or sleepy throughout the day?
Has anyone ever observed you stop breathing while you sleep?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep-related breathing disorder that involves a decrease or complete halt in airflow despite an ongoing effort to breath.
It occurs when the muscles relax during sleep, causing soft tissues in the back of the throat to collapse and block the upper airway. This leads to partial reductions (hypopneas) and complete pauses (apneas) in breathing during sleep.
Warning Signs of OSA
There are many risk factors associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and it’s symptoms take various forms, including:
- Gasping / Choking while sleeping
- High blood pressure
- Morning headaches
- Inability to concentrate, irritibility
- Depression, erectile dysfunction
- Excessive daytime sleepiness / fatigue
OSA may be a life threatening condition.
If you think you, or someone you know may be living with OSA, seek medical attention immediately.
What To Expect
Your level of risk will assessed in the office by completing a brief sleep questionnaire. Depending on the results, the doctor or staff may recommend that you schedule a consultation with our Sleep Specialist.
Since most of the symptoms of sleep apnea can only be identified during you sleep, the doctor may prescribe an at-home sleep test.
Our sleep tests are inexpensive, covered by most insurance companies, and interpreted by board certified sleep physicians. Test results will be reviewed in person during your next appointment.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
This is a machine that uses a steady stream of air to keep your airway open throughout the night so you are able to breathe. Masks and machines may vary depending on your treatment.
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT)
An oral appliance is a device that fits in your mouth over your teeth. It may resemble a sports mouth guard. The device prevents the airway from collapsing by holding your jaw forward thus enlarging the upper airway.
We work with most insurances to get the most for you. We also provide payment plans and easy financing options to help you achieve you health needs.
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