Society often makes light of snoring. It is meant to be a funny plot point that consistently appears on television and in movies. One spouse snores, so the other cannot sleep. However, snoring could be indicative of a severe condition. Sleep apnea is a disorder that periodically causes you to stop breathing while you sleep. Untreated, sleep apnea can cause other issues in your body. These can be serious and potentially life-threatening problems, so treating sleep apnea is of the utmost importance. Luckily, the Sinus Center offers treatments designed to help you sleep better!
What Sleep Apnea Does to the Body
If you do not determine and address the causes of your sleep apnea, you could be at higher risk for other medical conditions. Because sleep apnea disrupts your regular sleep patterns, your body is not getting the full rest that it needs to be productive and healthy. This can impede immune response, making your entire body more susceptible to disease.
Sleep apnea restricts your supply of oxygen. Although each episode of oxygen starvation typically lasts less than one minute, those with sleep apnea can endure several episodes over the course of a night, week, month, or any length of time. Because your body is unable to perform respiratory functions at their optimum level, you can aggravate asthma symptoms or become increasingly fatigued.
The effects of sleep apnea are cumulative. If you suffer from this disorder, your bodily functions will experience the negative impact of your lack of sleep, reduced immune function, and reduced oxygen flow. Sleep apnea can trigger more severe conditions, such as:
- Weight gain
- High blood pressure
Additionally, sleep apnea can significantly affect your mental faculties as well. Lack of sleep (even if you are unaware it is occurring) affects your brain function, personality, and quality of life. When your body loses sleep, your brain is unable to retain memories, which can cause some memory loss. You may feel that you cannot mentally perform at your highest level, which can lead to unhappiness and dissatisfaction with yourself. It even increases your risk of being in a car accident. More serious mental health conditions, including depression, can also be attributed to sleep apnea.
How Can I Treat My Sleep Apnea?
The Sinus Center offers multiple treatments for sleep apnea. During your personal consultation with our specialists, we will determine which of the following procedures is best suited for your specific situation.
Breathe Logic® is a minimally invasive, in-office treatment that takes less than 30 minutes and helps reduce the occurrence of sinus-related sleep apnea by opening blocked sinuses. There are no incisions required during the procedure, but we use local anesthesia for your comfort. Our expert, Dr. Amoils, inserts a balloon into the nasal passage and inflates it to enlarge the opening. He sprays the area with saline to flush out trapped mucus before deflating the balloon again. You can resume your usual activities on the same day of your procedure.
Additional Procedures Available
Breathe Logic® isn’t right for everyone, but Sinus Center LA offers multiple treatments to restore your nighttime breathing. Dr. Amoils will consult with you and determine which of these options is most appropriate for you. Some of the procedures we offer include:
- CPAP: a machine that delivers pressurized air while you sleep
- Septoplasty: a surgical procedure that corrects the displacement of bone and cartilage in your nose
- Laser-Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty: a minimally invasive procedure that utilizes laser technology to shrink the uvula and open the airway
- Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP): the surgical removal of the uvula
- Palate Coblation®: a minimally invasive procedure that uses radio frequency to stiffen your soft palate, which reduces vibrations and snoring intensity
- Pillar® Procedure: involves using implants to stiffen the soft palate
You can learn more about how to treat your sleep apnea by contacting our office for a consultation. We can be reached at (310) 862-2288.