Could you have Sleep Apnea? Signs and symptoms.

Sleep Apnea is a disorder that occurs when breathing stops and starts repeatedly during sleep. If this occurs because the brain is unable to send the proper signals to breathe, it’s called “Central Sleep Apnea.” If it occurs because the airway is blocked during sleep, physically reducing airflow, then it’s referred to as “Obstructive Sleep Apnea”.

Both forms of Sleep Apnea have overlapping symptoms, so it may be hard at first to determine which you have.

Symptoms include:

Loud snoring
Daytime fatigue
Lack of focus
Depression/ Anxiety
Gasping for air during sleep
Waking up with dry mouth
Morning headache

There are different risk factors for each form of Sleep Apnea, though for both forms the risk is higher for males, and for those older than middle-age.

Risk factors for Obstructive Sleep Apnea include:

Excess weight
Large neck circumference
A narrowed airway
Nasal congestion
Use of alcohol, sedatives,
or tranquilizers

Those for Central Sleep Apnea include:

  • Heart Disorders
  • Use of Narcotic/ Opioid pain medication
  • Stroke

If any of these risk factors apply to you, and you are experiencing symptoms, be sure to schedule an appointment with your doctor, and see if you may qualify for a sleep study. The primary therapy for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea is the use of CPAP; which consists of a device worn on the face while sleeping that pressurizes the air entering the nose and mouth. Many patients are, for various reasons, unable to tolerate the use of a CPAP machine. For these individuals, Dr. Holtzen offers a surgical solution that is virtually curative for up to 98% of patients. To find out if you may be a candidate for this life changing procedure, schedule your consultation today!

You don’t have to suffer. There are solutions out there for Sleep Apnea that could improve your quality of sleep, and thereby your quality of life.


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