Are you waking up exhausted? Are you tired all day? Are you too fatigued to enjoy your life? Are you losing your sexual drive? If so, you may be suffering from sleep apnea.
Unfortunately, these symptoms are not alone. This disorder, if left untreated, can cause: excessive weight, high blood pressure, heart disease, poor vision, diabetes, stroke, and heart attack.
We offer effective and comfortable treatment options. Please call our office in Stamford, CT today to learn more (203) 487–6020.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or instances of shallow breathing during sleep. Each pause could last for a few seconds to several minutes jolting you out of your natural sleep rhythm. This is accompanied by snoring, and, at times, choking and gasping sounds. As a consequence, you spend less time in a deep, restorative sleep. Other symptoms of sleep apnea are:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue
- Sweating and chest pain while sleeping
- Not feeling refreshed upon waking up
- Swelling of the legs
- Memory and concentration difficulties
- Personality changes, moodiness
- Morning or night headaches
- Vision problems
Children with sleep apnea almost always snore, but they may not experience drowsiness during the day. The symptoms may include:
- Mouth breathing
- Bed wetting
- Poor school performance
- Developing slower than their peers
- Behavioral issues
- Attention deficit
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder. If it remains untreated it can lead to cardiovascular issues including heart attack and stroke, metabolic disorders like diabetes and uncontrollable weight gain, and psychological disorders including depression and sexual dysfunction.
What are the Choices for Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Oral appliance therapy is a non-surgical treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. We provide an oral appliance that can improve your sleep, restore your alertness and revitalize your health. We work together with physicians and other specialists to ensure we deliver lasting transformations.
CPAP machines may help a person with obstructive sleep apnea to breathe more easily during sleep. It increases air pressure in your throat, so the airway does not collapse during breathing.
Lifestyle changes are also necessary to help treat sleep apnea. Weight loss could help reduce snoring and apnea episodes, sometimes stopping snoring completely. It also helps to improve quality of sleep reducing daytime drowsiness. Alcohol should be avoided within four hours of sleep. Quitting smoking is also helpful in managing sleep apnea.
If you are suffering from the symptoms of sleep apnea and interested in exploring non-surgical approach to treatment, please contact our office in Stamford, CT or New York City to schedule a comprehensive evaluation.