Sleep apnea is a medical condition characterized by the repetitive interruption of breathing during sleep.
It occurs when the muscles in the throat and mouth relax and obstruct the airway. Eventually, this leads to partial or complete cessation of breathing. A drop in oxygen levels in the blood and disruption of normal sleep patterns is an immediate effect. You may experience daytime sleepiness, fatigue, and other health complications.
Sleep Apnea Evaluation Process
To determine if you have sleep apnea, our doctors may recommend that you spend a night at a sleep center. Your body functions and breathing will be monitored throughout your stay. This is known as a polysomnogram or PSG. During a PSG, you will be connected to sensors that measure various body functions such as brain waves, heart rate, and breathing.
Alternatively, you can opt for a home sleep test, which can also measure body functions and breathing. A home sleep test typically involves wearing a device that records your blood oxygen level, heart rate, breathing patterns, and airflow while you sleep in the comfort of your own home.
Both options are non-invasive and provide valuable information for diagnosing sleep apnea. Your doctor will be able to recommend the best option for you based on your individual circumstances and symptoms.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Treatment for sleep apnea typically involves lifestyle modifications, such as weight loss and quitting smoking, and the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices, dental appliances, or surgery in more severe cases. It is important to seek medical attention if you suspect you have sleep apnea to avoid potential health risks.
Consult With Us
It is important to consult with a medical professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment if you suspect you are suffering from sleep apnea.
Contact us or call (323) 612-1201 today for a consultation.