Difficulty Staying Asleep? Snoring? It May Be Sleep Apnea.

Sleep Apnea is One of the Most Dangerous, Undiagnosed Conditions

Sleep apnea is a condition that affects the airway while you sleep, causing it to collapse and blocking the flow of air to the lungs and brain. This can cause you wake up 30 or more times – within an hour – without even realizing it. If you experience any of the following symptoms, it may be time to consider sleep apnea:

  • Feeling unrested or exhausted throughout the day
  • Chronic headaches
  • Waking up gasping, choking or short of breath
  • Snoring

Because sleep apnea only affects patients while they sleep, it is often difficult to diagnose, but diagnosis is critical in protecting your health, or even saving your life.

Sleep Apnea Treatment in Atlanta, GA

Family History and Lifestyle May Put You at Risk

When the airway collapses, it blocks the flow of oxygen to the brain and body. For this reason, severe cases of sleep apnea are often considered life-threatening, requiring immediate treatment. There are certain risk factors that increase your chances of having sleep apnea, such as:

  • Being male
  • Having a larger neck
  • Being overweight
  • Smoking
  • Family history of the condition

If you believe you may be at risk or are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea, seek professional medical evaluation immediately.

Treatment Options for a Good Night’s Sleep

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. Daren Becker, SPEAR and Pankey-trained professional, has treatment options available to help you get the rest you need:

  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is a machine that keeps the throat open throughout the night to prevent the airway from collapsing.
  • Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure (EPAP) is less intrusive than CPAP and is a simple device that helps stabilize the upper airway as you breathe out, allowing for nearly unobstructed breathing at each following inhale.
  • Jaw repositioning helps in cases of sleep apnea where the jaw’s position is the cause of airway collapse. This can often be accomplished non-surgically with a bite appliance designed to move the jaw and keep the airway open.

As part of a network of specialists, Dr. Becker can refer your case to a trusted, experienced oral surgeon to help treat your sleep apnea, if necessary.

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