The term “apnea” comes from a Greek word “apnoia,” which means “breathless.” Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common sleep disorder that periodically halts breathing during sleep.
This condition is caused during the regular cycle when the tissues in the rear of the throat are relaxed, resulting in a blockage of the airway.
Sleep apnea can often sound like excessive snoring or choking sounds, with episodes lasting anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. Some people can experience hundreds of OSA episodes in one night. When lack of breathing occurs, your body will attempt to wake you up and restart the breathing cycle. It is possible you might not even be conscious of how many times you have woken up throughout the night because of this disorder.
If you have ever received a comment about strained snoring or choking noises during sleep or feel overly fatigued after a full night’s rest, you may benefit from sleep apnea treatment.
OSA is a fairly common problem and can range from mild to severe. These stats provide some perspective on how common this problem is:
- One in five adults experience mild OSA
- One in 15 adults suffers from moderate to severe OSA
- One in 50 individuals suffer from undiagnosed OSA
Anyone who may be suffering from sleep apnea should schedule a consultation to ensure any of the following risks or issues do not develop as a result of the condition:
- Weight gain
- Memory problems
- Increased risk of diabetes
- Increased risk of high blood pressure
- Three times greater risk of heart disease
- Four times greater risk of stroke
- Six times greater risk of being involved in a car crash
Sinus Center LA is a multidisciplinary medical practice where sleep specialists, otolaryngologists, plastic surgeons, orthodontists, and maxillofacial surgeons collaborate to provide you with state-of-the-art medical technology and care.
Breathe Logic® is our approach to solving the unique health issues that each patient faces. This focus means that you do not have to travel to big university medical centers for treatment. We are the only private practice in the Los Angeles area to merge all types of sleep and sinus specialties in one location to best serve your specific needs.
Depending on those needs, our doctors will find a specific remedy to the cause of your sleep apnea. Here are a few of the different treatments that we utilize for sleep apnea and snoring issues:
- CPAP masks
- Balloon sinuplasty
- Laser assisted uvulopalatoplasty
- Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)
- Palate coblation
- Coblation turbinate reduction
- Hyoid suspension
- Orthognathic (jaw) surgery
If you wake up fatigued during the day or a loved one has mentioned severe snoring or choking sounds during sleep, you may be one in 50 adults in the country suffering from undiagnosed OSA. Please contact Sinus Center LA to confirm a sleep apnea diagnosis.
You could subject yourself to countless health issues down the line, which includes weight gain, memory problems, headaches, depression, impotence, and increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.