Sleep apnea is one of the most common problems that can interfere with sleep and cause decision-making issues, slowed reflexes, and an increase in your risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. If you believe that sleep apnea is the cause of your daytime sleepiness, seek help from the specialists at Perio Health Professionals in Houston today. Call or reach out to us via e-mail to schedule an appointment.
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder characterized by repetitive and brief interruptions in your breathing while you sleep, with each interruption lasting around 10 seconds. Though you’re asleep and unaware they’re occurring, you do partially awaken during these episodes.
There are three types of sleep apnea:
Excessive daytime sleepiness is the most common symptom of sleep apnea. Additional symptoms include:
The two most common ways to diagnose sleep apnea are:
You spend the night in a sleep laboratory with a trained technologist monitoring several of your body functions while you sleep, including:
If one of the doctors at Perio Health Professionals suspects that you suffer from moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea, they will recommend an HST, which is a modified sleep study done in the comfort of your own home. A machine that you set up records a number of your body functions while you sleep, including:
Your treatment options are based on your medical history and the severity of your diagnosis. Most treatment regimens begin with lifestyle changes, including:
The doctors at Perio Health Professionals can fit you with an oral appliance that keeps your airway open while you sleep, as well as with positive airway pressure machines that include a face mask attached to a tube and device that blows pressurized air into the mask and through the airway to keep it open. The amount of pressurized air varies from continuous, variable, and automatic airway pressure.
There are also surgical procedures to remove tissue and widen your airway. It is not uncommon to need a combination of therapies to successfully treat your sleep apnea.
If you believe that sleep apnea is causing your daytime sleepiness, call or reach out to us via e-mail to schedule an appointment at Perio Health Professionals in Houston.