Sleep apnea has a severe impact on the quality of your sleep and the state of your health. If you suspect you have sleep apnea, the office of Family Medicine and Acute Care of Sandhills and our team can help. The practice offers diagnosis and treatment for this condition that causes you to snore loudly and your breathing to stop and start as you snooze. For more information about sleep apnea evaluation and therapy, call the office in Cameron, North Carolina, or book an appointment online.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your breathing stops briefly, but repeatedly, as you sleep due to a narrow airway or collapsed tissue that blocks the back of your throat. Your brain awakens your body because it senses the lack of oxygen available to your system.
Another type of sleep apnea, known as central sleep apnea, is far less common and is due to faulty communication between your brain and the muscles that control breathing.
Heavy snoring and episodes of awakening during the night are clues that you have sleep apnea. You may not notice these symptoms, but chances are your sleeping partner does. Other symptoms include:
Due to the chronic sleep deprivation, sleep apnea increases your risk of hypertension, heart disease, stroke, and mood problems, including depression. You’re also at higher risk of sudden death due to a cardiac event.
Daytime fatigue also makes you vulnerable to drowsy driving, increasing your risk of car accidents. Sleep apnea is also in correlation with complications during anesthesia and surgery.
Some people with sleep apnea may suffer from sexual dysfunction or have trouble concentrating.
Talk to our team if you snore loudly, especially if it’s accompanied by periods of silence or feelings of waking up choking. You should also raise any concerns you have about feeling chronically fatigued, irritable, and sleepy. At Family Medicine and Acute Care of Sandhills, the team offers home sleep studies to determine if you have sleep apnea.
A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is an effective treatment for sleep apnea. You wear a mask over your nose and mouth as air is blown in to help keep your airway open at night. Other options include lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, and dental devices that also hold the airway open.
For more information about sleep apnea evaluation and treatment, call Family Medicine and Acute Care of Sandhills or book an appointment online.