Sleep apnea overview
View Video Sleep Apnea occurs when a person’s breathing is completely stops or is obstructed for short periods of time. The cycle repeats many times throughout the night resulting in disturbed sleep. It can be present in both adults and children.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
- Gasping or snorting in your sleep
- Witnessed pauses in breathing during sleep
- Waking up tired after a full night’s sleep
- Waking up with a headache
- Feeling very sleepy during the day
- Having problems with memory or concentration
- Fall asleep easily without meaning to
- Being cranky or short-tempered
Sleep Apnea Evaluation
The Sleep Apnea evaluation includes an examination by a doctor and a sleep study. Overnight, a patient’s breathing, heart rate, oxygen level and other functions are measured and recorded during the study. The findings help the doctor determine a course of treatment.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Treatments that can reduce or eliminate Sleep Apnea include:
- Specially designed oral appliances (mouth guards)
- Air pressure treatment (CPAP Machines)
- Surgical procedures
- Weight loss
Changing some habits may also help to stop snoring and prevent mild Sleep Apnea. Sleeping on the side, losing weight, avoiding alcohol, the use of certain medications and unblocking the nose may all help.
Treatment can also help you and your family get quiet, restful sleep.
North Carolina EENT has offices in Cary, Durham, and Chapel Hill for Sleep Apnea treatment.
Contact us today! Make an appointment at one of our nearby offices, to discuss treatment options.