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Treating Sleep Apnea Can Change Your Life

Millions of Americans have Obstructive Sleep Apnea(OSA), a sleep disorder that causes a person to stop breathing repeatedly while they are asleep.  Current statistics indicate that 25% of adult males and almost 10% of adult females have been diagnosed with the condition and there are many that remain undiagnosed.  The condition isn’t just for adults either; it also impacts children, 4% of whom have been diagnosed.  Diagnosis and proper treatment of this type of sleep apnea can relieve symptoms, restore quality of life, and in some cases, actually save the life of those who have it.

Sleep Apnea is caused by airway collapse during sleep that stops air from reaching the lungs.  Each occurrence is called an apnea and last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes.  Over the course of a night, a person with sleep apnea can experience as many as 300 apneas.  The consequences of these periods without oxygen can be severe which is why diagnosis and treatment are so important.

For many with sleep apnea, the most noticeable symptom is daytime fatigue due to the repeated sleep disturbance caused by the apneas.  When long term sleep disruption is paired with periods of decreased oxygen, serious health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, cardiac problems, and stroke can result.  People with sleep apnea may become depressed and are also at a higher risk for work-related and automobile accidents. 

While anyone can have sleep apnea, there are some risk factors that increase the risk of it developing.  If you are overweight, have a small jaw or recessed chin, smoke, or have several family members with the condition, you may be more likely to develop it.  People who snore and those who get a full night sleep but still feel tired in the morning should talk to their doctor or medical professional about testing for sleep apnea right away.

The use of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine is the most common treatment for sleep apnea.  The device works by providing a flow of air into the airway throughout the night to keep it from collapsing via a mask worn over the mouth and nose.  For some people with sleep apnea, using a CPAP machine allows them to experience a good night’s sleep for the first time.  Getting the sleep you need on a regular basis can be life altering.  People with sleep apnea have reported that treatment results in their waking up refreshed and ready to go and having a much higher energy level throughout the day.  Many don’t realize how bad things were prior to treatment because they had nothing to compare against.

The ultimate goal of treatment is the relief of symptoms and restoration of normal sleep patterns, but the benefits reach much farther.  The risk of developing serious medical conditions like heart disease and high blood pressure should not be ignored or disregarded.  If you are concerned that you or someone in your life displays symptoms of sleep apnea, don’t wait to pursue diagnosis.





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"I was especially impressed with Andrew the Respiratory Therapist who reviewed my study with me and answered my questions. Andrew thoroughly explained everything about the Cpap machine-from start to finish. I never felt rushed and was assured I could contact him with any additional questions or needs. Andrew told me he would follow up with a call in a week and he did. I believe this center performed the study appropriately and the added benefit of having Andrew teach me about the machine and what to expect was a bonus."

Candace M.

Scottsdale, AZ

"I recommend them highly!! I took my 2 year old daughter for a sleep study and was very impressed. Our sleep technician was amazing with her, very patient and kind. The DVD we brought to watch while getting her hooked up got stuck in the TV and they vowed to return it. We got a call the next day checking on our daughter and saying how sweet she was, they mentioned the DVD. Several days later, we received the DVD plus a new copy of the Lion King with a nice note. They are very good at what they do and if they can make a 2 year old feel at ease, they can probably do the same with anyone!!"

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Tempe, AZ

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San Diego, CA