Sleep Apnea (Obstructive Sleep Apnea)
See us if you have any of these sleep apnea symptoms:
Snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), depression, morning headaches, snoring, sexual dysfunction, high blood pressure, weight gain, memory/concentration problems
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a pause in breathing during sleep caused by a blockage of your airway. Pauses can last 10 seconds or more and occur up to hundreds of times a night. Sleep apnea can contribute to a number of potentially life-threatening HEALTH problems including:
- Heart attack/heart failure
- High blood pressure
Getting treatment for sleep apnea can significantly improve your quality of life– and can often reduce or eliminate the need for medications to treat conditions resulting from it.
We use sleep studies to diagnose sleep apnea. Sleep studies can be conducted at home or in one of our three state-of-the-art Sleep Labs.
This short video explains how we conduct sleep studies in our Sleep Labs.
- CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure)
CPAP is the most common and effective treatment for Sleep Apnea. A CPAP machine keeps your airway open with a continuous flow of air delivered via a mask or canula worn during sleep.
- Behavioral Modification
If you have a milder case of Sleep Apnea or other sleep disorder, you may be able to resolve it by losing weight, sleeping on your side, and/or avoiding alcohol and sleep medications.
- Oral Appliances
These custom-made mouth guards help you sleep more soundly by holding your tongue or jaw forward to keep your airway open.
While sleeping pills and sedatives can be dangerous if you have Sleep Apnea, we may prescribe a medication to stimulate your breathing during sleep.
In a small percentage of Sleep Apnea cases, we recommend surgery to widen restricted airways.
The sleep specialists at PAR are uniquely qualified to diagnose and effectively treat sleep apnea. Make an appointment with a PAR sleep specialist now.