If you or a loved one is experiencing chronic snoring, dry mouth upon waking or pauses in breathing during sleep, sleep apnea could be the cause.
Don’t wait to seek a diagnosis: Sleep apnea can have significant health implications.
The double board certified physicians at ENT of Georgia South can accurately determine if you have sleep apnea and recommend a proactive treatment approach.
Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition in which a person's airflow is reduced or stops completely during sleep, which causes a reduction of oxygen delivery to your lungs and blood.
There are two main types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea. OSA happens when your airway gets blocked by throat tissues during sleep, making it harder to breathe. Central sleep apnea is caused by improper signaling from the brain to the muscles that control breathing.
Our ENT specialists can help explore the causes and effective treatments for obstructive sleep apnea.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
While snoring may be bothersome for bed partners, it can also serve as a potential sign of a larger issue—obstructive sleep apnea. This condition goes beyond mere disruption and significantly diminishes the quality of sleep for the individual. Understanding the connection between snoring and sleep apnea is essential for addressing its impact on your overall sleep experience.
Sleep deprivation caused by sleep apnea can result in:
Lack of concentration and energy
Sleep apnea isn't just about snoring; it's linked to serious health risks. This includes a heightened risk of conditions from hypertension to heart failure. Treating sleep apnea is crucial for safeguarding your health against these potentially severe complications.
More serious complications of sleep apnea include:
- Cardiac arrhythmias
- Congestive heart failure
- Frequent urination
- Heart attacks
- Memory loss
- Sexual dysfunction
Understanding the severity of sleep apnea is crucial for effective management and improved well-being. If you suspect sleep apnea, take a proactive step by scheduling a telehealth appointment with us.
Our expert physicians will assess your condition and determine your eligibility for our at-home sleep testing kit. Oftentimes, we can diagnose your condition without the need for an in-office visit.
From there, we’ll recommend personalized sleep apnea treatment options, which may include:
Hear from a patient of Dr. Herman at ENT of Ga South on his journey of snoring and sleep apnea. He went from struggling with sleep studies having to use a CPAP to now getting a restful night sleep without a CPAP machine. The state of the art in-office procedures provided lasting relief with little downtime.