2203 45th Street, Suite B Highland, IN 46322
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By Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery - Highland
May 20, 2019
Category: Otolaryngology

Are you sleeping poorly but don't even know it? Do your family members complain that your snoring is loud and disruptive? Are you tired sleep apneaand cranky even if you went to bed on time the night before? If so, you may have sleep apnea, a potentially deadly condition that can be treated by our Highland, IN, ENT physician at the Center for Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery. Don't ignore the symptoms of this sleep disorder—read on to learn all about sleep apnea treatment!

 

FAQS about sleep apnea

What is sleep apnea? Classified as a sleep disorder, sleep apnea occurs when a person stops breathing while they are asleep. Characterized by extremely loud snoring, and sudden wakefulness, sleep apnea at its most serious stages carries the distinct threat of cutting the brain off of oxygen. That's why it requires medical treatment from your Highland ENT doctor.

Are there different kinds of sleep apnea? Yes, there are different kinds. OSA, or obstructive sleep apnea, occurs when the tongue and other soft oral tissues relax and cover the airway. Central Sleep Apnea, or CSA, is related to missed communication between the lungs and brain. Mixed sleep apnea combines features of the other two.

Why do people develop this sleep disorder? Experts at the National Sleep Foundation say that more men than women develop sleep apnea of one kind and severity or another. Obesity and large neck circumference are predisposing factors as are age (60 or older) and alcohol consumption.

Why should sleep apnea be treated? The oxygen deprivation caused by sleep apnea is truly dangerous. Patients exhibit several worrisome symptoms, including:

  • Daytime fatigue
  • Poor memory and concentration
  • Depression
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension

How is this sleep disorder diagnosed? Many people speak to their primary care physicians or dentists about their snoring problems. These health care providers, in turn, refer the patients to the Center for Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery for an examination and/or sleep studies. Sleep studies are performed either at home or in a sleep lab, and they reveal all of the information related to a patient's apneic episodes. Five or more episodes of breathing cessation per hour is diagnostic for sleep apnea, according to the the National Sleep Foundation.

What are some common sleep apnea treatments? OSA responds well to oral appliance therapy, which entails using in-the-mouth acrylic guards to hold the jaw forward and open the airway. Best used to treat CSA, CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) achieves the same purpose by using a bedside machine to deliver oxygen through a facial mask. Some patients use both kinds of therapies, while others benefit from tonsil-removing surgery or adenoids to stiffen the soft palate.

 

Need sleep apnea treatment? Give us a call!

If you would like to know more about snoring and sleep disorders, please contact the Center for Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery in Highland, IN, for a consultation with one of our doctors. Phone (219) 836-4820 today!

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2203 45th Street, Suite B
Highland, IN 46322