Sleep Apnea 101

Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder that refers to the obstruction of the airway. The airway is repeatedly blocked and limits the amount of airflow in your lungs which can manifest in loud snoring or choking noises as you try to breathe. Ultimately, it causes you to stop breathing during sleep.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Sleep Apnea is a serious disorder and it’s important to be familiar with the different symptoms to avoid long-term consequences to your health. A few symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Waking up with a tired feeling,
  • Sleepiness during the day,
  • Snoring, and
  • Waking in the middle of the night gasping for air.

If the sleep disorder goes untreated long enough can lead to health problems, which include abnormal upper airway anatomy, weight gain, and aging.

Complications on sleep apnea include weight gain, irritability, and even heart failure. This is a complicated issue as there is an ambien generic.

Sleep Apnea Diagnosis

The best diagnosis for Sleep Apnea is a sleep study done in a controlled environment.  If obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is diagnosed, a sleep titration can be performed to determine the settings for the positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Continuous PAP (CPAP) therapy is the most common treatment.  CPAP can be administered with oxygen via CPAP machines, if the diagnosis is documented.

CPAP machines have become incredibly sophisticated in recent years.  Auto machines can auto titrate to the patients’ needs as well as providing diagnostic information. The machines also have adjustments that can be made to make the therapy more comfortable. Proper mask fitting is essential in providing desired therapy.  There are over 300 masks available to allow for proper fitting and therapy.

Give us a call at Guardian Home Medical if you have any question about Sleep Apnea or need Sleep Apnea equipment. Our team of health professionals want to help find the right equipment for you at a price you can afford!

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