Sleep apnea is a dangerous disorder where breathing suddenly stops and starts throughout the night. Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by the relaxation of muscles in your throat which causes your airway to become blocked, stopping or decreasing the flow of oxygen.
If left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious health consequences. 3 to 7% of adult men and 2 to 5% of adult women are diagnosed with sleep apnea. Despite evidence suggesting that treatment is vital, 70 to 80% of cases are undiagnosed.
Sleep apnea can affect every aspect of your life and there are a variety of symptoms that may indicate you have sleep apnea. Explore what increases your chances of developing the disorder so you can start treatment right away.
Treating sleep apnea can reverse long-term damage and improve the quality of your sleep so you can enjoy peaceful nights followed by rested mornings. Learn about our available treatment options for sleep apnea so you can make the best decision based on your needs.
The first step in the treatment process is getting a clear diagnosis from a qualified physician with a sleep study. A sleep study can be performed in the privacy of your own home or under the supervision of a physician. Discover the diagnostic options and decide what’s right for you.
Sleep apnea can cause a perpetual cycle of weight gain and increased severity of the disorder. Read about how certain lifestyle modifications such as altering your diet and exercising more play a vital role in treating sleep apnea.
You’re not the only person who suffers the consequences of sleep apnea. The most common symptom related to sleep apnea is chronic snoring. It’s likely that your partner has had a few restless nights due to your loud snoring.
There are other side effects related to sleep apnea that can also impact your relationship. It’s time to get help. Discover the consequences of snoring and how it affects your relationship with your significant other.
If sleep apnea is untreated, it can have serious consequences on your health and even lead to premature death. Other long-term health complications include:
The sooner you begin treatment, the sooner you can begin reversing the damage caused by sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea, schedule a consultation with Dr. Goel by calling (408) 404-8257. During the consultation, we’ll discuss your symptoms and determine if you would benefit from a sleep study so we can start treatment right away.
There are various symptoms associated with sleep apnea that you or your sleeping partner may have noticed. Being aware of the symptoms is key in diagnosing the issue so we can start treatment right away and mitigate the long-term effects of sleep apnea. Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:
There are several lifestyle modifications that can improve your sleep apnea symptoms. However, we recommend them in conjunction with trusted methods. Natural sleep apnea remedies include:
We understand that no two patients are the same. If you’re diagnosed with sleep apnea, we’ll create a customized treatment plan including the use of an oral appliance and suggest lifestyle modifications that will benefit you the most so we can optimize your results.
While the majority of patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are overweight, not everyone with OSA is overweight-- many people with healthy body weights have the disorder too. There are several risk factors associated with sleep apnea, but anyone can develop the disorder including children and elderly patients.
The disorder has also been linked to stress and neck circumference. No matter the cause, it’s important to seek treatment to begin reversing the harmful side effects associated with sleep apnea.
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