Dallas, TX — Sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, apnea. This sleeping disorder has about as many names, and it does symptoms that characterize it. The extent of the affect the symptoms have on one’s life can range from mild to fatal. The condition is an interruption in a person’s breathing patterns for a pro-longed period during sleep.
Suspected sufferers of sleep apnea are given an examination called a polysomnogram, which records patterns associated with sleeping including eye movements, and brain waves. To aid in diagnosing sleep apnea, it also continuously records breathing effort, oxygen flow through the mouth and nose, heart rhythm, and so forth. The process is not painful, but mild skin irritation due to electrode adhesive may develop.
Specific symptoms of sleep apnea include, but are not limited to, an excessive amount of daytime sleepiness, depression, obstructed breathing during sleep, insomnia, excitability, headaches, and reduced libido.
Although symptoms range from mild to severe, sleep apnea is considered a serious disorder because of it being potentially life-threatening. It is a contributing factor for strokes, heart attacks, high blood pressure, and several other health related issues. It can also negatively impact relationships (due to increased irritability), driving safety (due to increased daytime sleepiness), and productivity.
Treatment for sleep apnea varies by case severity. For individuals with mild sleep apnea, necessary treatment may be simple changes in behavior such as losing weight, or sleeping on one’s side. Moderate to severe case treatment can involve CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure), or controlling the flow of air pressure in the upper nasal passage, so that airways do not close during sleep. For the most severe cases, a Bi-PAP machine may be needed so that air may be controlled at two different pressures.
Advances in science have made treating sleep apnea both more effective and comfortable for the patient. Until the 1980s, the only available treatment was a tracheotomy, which involves inserting a tube and valve into a small hole cut in the throat. Means like CPAP are far less drastic, and have proven to be highly effective.
Because sleep apnea is a progressive disorder, it is important to receive proper diagnosis, and seek treatment as soon as possible. There are many trained sleep specialists available to help set individuals who suffer from the disorder on the path to better health.
In Dallas consult: Dr. Yousef Kayyas. Dr. Kayyas serves as the medical director, applying his years of experience as a prominent pulmonologist and board certified sleep physician to maintain excellence in caring for his patients.Sleep Trends Diagnostic Centers
2046 Forest Lane, Suite 110, Garland Texas 75042