Treatment of Sleep Disorders

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
Sleep Apnea represents a potentially serious sleep disorder, in which breathing stops and starts. Each episode, called an apnea, can occur hundreds of times during the night, often for a minute or longer. The result: fragmented or interrupted sleep, a drop in the blood oxygen level, sleep deprivation and other complications. The most serious complication is a severe form of congestive heart failure called cor pulmonale.

It is estimated that more than 18 million Americans have undiagnosed sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is very common and affects men, women and children. Most people who have sleep apnea do not realize they suffer from the condition. Often, someone else witnesses the first signs of Sleep Apnea.

The inability to breathe properly often results in sudden awakening throughout the night that interrupts your sleep and prevents you from feeling refreshed throughout the day.

Traits and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Morning Headaches
  • Snoring
  • Memory & Concentration Difficulties
  • Personality Changes
  • Restless and Fitful Sleep
  • Frequent Waking Up To Urinate
  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
  • Gasping or Choking During Sleep
  • Grogginess
  • Depression
  • Obesity
  • Post-Menopausal Women
  • Large Necks
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Dry Mouth
  • Hyperactive Behavior, Especially in Children
  • Leg Swelling (If Severe)

Diagnosing Obstructive Sleep Apnea

An overnight diagnostic sleep study known as a polysomnogram (PSG), is used to determine the type and severity of the sleep disorder, as well as appropriate treatment.

  • Treating Sleep Apnea
  • Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) is the treatment of choice for OSA.
  • PAP therapy provides a gentle flow of air pressure through your nose using a mask.
  • PAP therapy is noninvasive and can alleviate the symptoms of OSA, when used as prescribed.

Benefits of Regular Treatments

  • Increased energy and attentiveness during the day
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Decreased risk of stroke and heart attacks
  • Increased effectiveness at home and work
  • Improved overall quality of life