If you have been diagnoses with sleep apnea, or if you think you are experiencing symptoms of the condition, you need to give serious consideration to accessing effective medical treatment. Depending on the type of sleep apnea from which you suffer, one option available to you is a minimally invasive surgical procedure.
When considering options available to you to treat sleep apnea, you need a basic understanding of the condition. You also need to know what treatment options are available to you.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is defined as a potentially serious condition that involves the repeated stopping and starting of breathing while a person sleeps. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are three primary types of sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of the condition. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when a person’s throat muscles relax, causing at least a partial obstruction of the airway, impairing a person’s ability to breath.
Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to send proper signals to control a person’s breathing while sleeping. This is a less common derivation of the condition.
Complex sleep apnea is the least common variety of the condition. Complex sleep apnea is a situation in which a person suffers from both obstructive and central sleep apnea simultaneously.
About 25 percent of the U.S. population suffers from sleep apnea. Of this number, about 17 percent have mild to moderate sleep apnea. Another 6 percent suffer from severe sleep apnea, and face serious health risks.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
There are a variety of symptoms that are indicative of sleep apnea. A person my exhibit one, or multiple symptoms.
One of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea is loud snoring. Loud snoring is more pronounced in cases of obstructive sleep apnea.
Another common symptom of sleep apnea is cessation of breathing while sleeping, a situation witnesses by another individual. Oftentimes, it is an intimate partner that first becomes aware of a person suffering from sleep apnea.
Abrupt awakening during the night, accompanied by a shortness of breath, represents another sign of sleep apnea. This is an indication that a person may suffer from central sleep apnea.
If a person awakens suffering from a sore throat, a dry mouth, or both, he or she may be afflicted with sleep apnea. A morning headache is also a symptom of sleep apnea in some cases.
Insomnia, or difficulty remaining asleep, is a sign of sleep apnea for some sufferers. Hypersomnia, of excessive or unusual sleepiness during the daytime, can be a symptom of sleep apnea. Finally, attention problems and irritability represent symptoms of sleep apnea as well for certain individuals.
Risk Factors for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
There are some factors that increase a person’s risk of developing sleep apnea. These include:
- excessive weight
- larger neck circumference
- narrowed airway
- being a male
- being older
- nasal congestion
- use of alcohol
- use of sedatives
- use of tranquilizers
- family history
Risk Factors for Central Sleep Apnea
- being older
- heart disorders
- use of narcotic medications
Death by Sleep Apnea
Recent studies have revealed that sleep apnea can increase the chances of a person dying prematurely by 300 percent. One research study involved 1,500 subjects, including an equal distribution of people with and without sleep apnea. Within this group, 19 percent of participants with sleep apnea died during the follow period while only 4% of the study group without sleep apnea passed away during the same time period.
Serious sleep apnea increases the incidence of stroke, heart disease, and arrhythmia among suffers. In addition, because a person afflicted with sleep apnea fails to obtain a health night’s sleep as a matter of routine, such an individual is more susceptible to sustain injuries, including life-threatening ones, because of accidents resulting from fatigue.
Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Dr. Jamali
If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Jamali may have a solution for you. Minimally invasive surgical options do exist that can provide you permanent relief from obstructive sleep apnea. Indeed, if you are afflicted with a more serious form of the condition, intervention by Dr. Jamali may prove to be a life-saving procedure.
The first step in ascertaining whether surgical intervention is right for you is schedule an consultation with Dr. Jamali. During an initial consultation, Dr. Jamali will evaluate your situation and explain what options are available to you. He will also answer any questions that you may have. There is not charge for an initial consultation regarding effective treatment options for your sleep apnea condition.
You can call the offices of Dr. Jamali today. A consultation will be scheduled promptly and at your convenience.