Excessive daytime sleepiness and chronic snoring could be signs that you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). If you're struggling to manage a good night's sleep because of OSA, the team at Advantage ENT can help. At their offices in Arvada, the northern part of Westminster, and Wheat Ridge, Colorado, the board-certified otolaryngologists use cutting-edge diagnostics and treatments to correct the breathing problem responsible for your sleep apnea. For expert sleep apnea therapy, call the Advantage ENT office nearest you or request an appointment online today.
Sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing for brief periods throughout the night. The most common form is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which occurs when your throat closes up during sleep.
If you have OSA, your throat muscles relax to such an extent they can't hold up the soft palate at the back of your throat. The soft palate then drops down and stops air from entering your windpipe.
When your breathing stops, your brain wakes you up for a moment to make it start again. These moments of waking are so brief you're unlikely to remember them, but they can happen multiple times every night.
Central sleep apnea is a neurological condition where your brain doesn't transmit the correct signals to your breathing muscles and is much less common than OSA.
The problem with sleep apnea is that it deprives you of the good quality sleep you need. It means you wake up feeling tired and might find you're irritable throughout the day.
Headaches and a sore throat are possible physical signs of sleep apnea. It's also quite common for people with sleep apnea to be overcome by sleepiness during the day.
You might snore frequently and experience choking or snorting that wakes you from sleep. However, you won't be aware that you're not breathing at times unless someone else observes it happening.
If you don't receive treatment for sleep apnea, it can increase your risk of developing serious conditions such as:
If you're experiencing sleep apnea symptoms, the Advantage ENT team can diagnose your condition and provide treatments to combat the problem.
One method of diagnosing sleep apnea is to wear a sleep monitor on your wrist that keeps track of how much oxygen there is in your blood at night.
Your provider at Advantage ENT shows you how to use the device you wear for a night and then return the next day for analysis.
Alternatively, you might need to stay overnight at a sleep clinic, where you're under constant supervision while asleep.
Being overweight or obese is a common cause of sleep apnea, so losing body mass can bring about a significant improvement in your symptoms.
Advantage ENT also uses CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) devices that you wear when you sleep. CPAP delivers air into your throat under pressure, which helps to keep your airway open. If CPAP isn't working, there's also an oral appliance you can try.
Sleep apnea has serious effects on your mental and physical health. Call Advantage ENT or request an appointment online today.