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It's More Than a Little Snoring

When your snoring becomes so chronic that it starts affecting your breathing while you sleep at night, you may need to get evaluated for sleep apnea.

Although snoring is one of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea, other symptoms that may warrant getting a sleep apnea evaluation include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Sore throat
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Memory loss
  • Concentration problems

Sleep apnea treatment should be started as early as possible after diagnosis. This is very important as the condition can increase the risk of other serious medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and heart disease, among others, if left untreated.

Sleep Apnea Diagnosis

At Dr. Buck's office, we can conduct a preliminary evaluation based on your symptoms, but you'll still need a physician or sleep specialist for your sleep apnea diagnosis. Your physician may also provide some testing equipment you can use at home to measure air flows and breathing patterns to see if there are cessations. These may also monitor your blood oxygen levels and your heart rate in some cases to determine the level of impact this condition is currently having on your general health.

Once you've received a diagnosis, we can discuss advanced treatment options to help open up your airways and help you breath better while you sleep.

Central Sleep Apnea and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Central Sleep Apnea, or CSA, is often caused by a preexisting medical condition. This type of sleep apnea results from the inability of the muscles responsible for breathing to communicate with the brain properly. A device known as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) will help sufferers maintain steady oxygen flow while sleeping.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, results from the collapse of the soft tissue in the throat and mouth during sleep, preventing air flow into the body. This can also be caused by genetics or a preexisting condition, but in many cases, it can develop from:

  • Obstruction of airway
  • Misalignment of jaw
  • Obesity
  • Inactivity
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Narcotics

Sleep Apnea Treatment

CSA is best treated with CPAP and an experienced sleep specialist. OSA, on the other hand, can be treated via CPAP or with an inexpensive orthotic device and some lifestyle changes.

Have you been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea? We can help. For more information, schedule a visit or contact us at 425-329-6267.

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