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You Might Have Sleep Apnea If…

Sleep Apnea Pinole CASleep apnea is a common sleep disorder affecting nearly 20 million adults in the United States. Sadly, nearly 80% of these cases are never diagnosed and as a result, left untreated. Sometimes a sleep disorder like sleep apnea can be the cause of other health problems. Central sleep apnea is when the brain is unable to send the correct signal telling the respiratory system to breath. Obstructive sleep apnea is when there is a physical impediment to breathing while sleeping. For instance, there could be soft tissue or the tongue collapsing in the airway, thus stopping air from moving through. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common.

Review the following signs of sleep apnea to see if you may suffer from this sleep disorder:

  1. Snoring: glaringly loud and chronic snoring is a common characteristic of those who have sleep apnea. This loud snoring is typically due to a blockage in the airway. Your snoring could simply be an annoying quirk, but it is often an indicator of sleep apnea.
  2. Constant breathing pauses: For those with obstructive sleep apnea, the fatty tissues in the airway become relaxed and can restrict air movement. This can cause you to stop breathing for a few seconds before your brain realizes that your oxygen levels have dropped, resulting in you “jumping” out of your sleep. This can have an increasingly negative impact on the quality of sleep you are able to achieve at night.
  3. A consistent feeling of fatigue: For those with sleep apnea, feeling tired is common. Sometimes, a patient can get 7-9 hours of sleep during the night but still wake up exhausted because they are unknowingly jarred awake due to soft tissue blockages (as mentioned in point number 2). If you have a chronic feeling of overwhelming daytime fatigue, you could have sleep apnea.
  4. Waking up in the morning with headaches: headaches are a common symptom of those who suffer from sleep apnea. Because less oxygen enters the brain as you consistently (and often unknowingly) wake up, you can develop vascular headaches.

Arrange a consultation

If you think you suffer from sleep apnea, contact Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center today to learn how we can help fix your problem. You can contact us at the Pinole (East Bay) Office at (510) 724-8282 or Larkspur (North Bay) office at (415) 461-5755.

What you Need to Know about Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea Pinole CA | Larkspur CALoud snoring, morning headaches, and forgetfulness are just a few of the symptoms of sleep apnea. Experts estimate that about 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea to some degree. Here we will address the symptoms and treatment for sleep apnea. First, let’s identify what sleep apnea is.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea can happen when the upper airway gets repeatedly blocked while sleeping. This blockage can hinder or fully halt the flow of air. This form is called obstructive sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to send the correct signals required to breathe.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should arrange a consultation with Bay Area Cosmetic Surgery.

  • Constant awakenings throughout the night
  • Consistent forgetfulness, mood changes, or a decreased interest in sex
  • Feeling tired while driving
  • Low energy and lethargy during the day
  • Waking up with a gasping or choking sensation
  • Waking up with a dry or a sore throat

What are the treatment and diagnosis?

If you have any of the signs above of sleep apnea, your doctor may have you take a test called a polysomnogram. This can be done at home or a specialized sleep disorder center. During your sleep study test, you will spend the night in a private bedroom at a special lab where you can be monitored throughout the night. The results will help your doctor determine the extent of your sleep apnea. Other tests for sleep apnea may include an EEG, which records brain wave activity, or an EMG, which monitors muscle activity.

Treatment for mild cases of sleep apnea includes: changing sleep positions, no longer smoking, avoiding alcohol, or losing weight. More severe forms of the condition can be treated by using Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), during which a mask is worn over the nose and mouth while you sleep. Nasal surgery, Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty or mandibular maxillar advancement surgery may also be used.

Schedule a consultation

If you suspect you have sleep apnea, schedule a consultation with Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center today. You can reach our office by calling (510) 724-8282 (Pinhole) or (415) 461-5755 (Larkspur).

How Sleep Apnea is Hurting Your Health

Sleep Apnea Pinole CA | LarkspurSleep apnea is more than just snoring; it is a serious sleep disorder where an individual will completely stop breathing several (even hundreds) of times throughout the night. If left untreated, the body will fail to get enough oxygen, leading to countless health problems.

There are two types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the more common form and is the result of a blocked airway. This typically occurs when tissue in the back of the throat relaxes and collapses during sleep. Central sleep apnea is when the brain is unable to send a signal to the muscles, telling them to breathe. This is generally due to a problem in the respiratory control center. Here is how sleep apnea may be hurting your physical and mental health.

The Effects of Sleep Apnea

If left untreated, sleep apnea can create a host of mild to significant health issues such as stroke, diabetes, headaches, heart failure, heart attacks, depression, or worsened ADHD symptoms. Also, untreated sleep apnea may be the cause of poor performance in day-to-day activities. For instance, your work at your place of employment or school may begin to suffer. Studies have shown a decrease in academic achievement in children and teens with untreated sleep apnea. It can even interfere with your ability to think clearly and operate a vehicle safely.

The Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

The signs of sleep apnea cover a variety of areas. If you experience one or more of the following, schedule an appointment with your doctor to determine if you suffer from sleep apnea: loud snoring, waking up at night with a choking or gasping sensation, lack of energy during the day, grogginess while driving, headaches in the morning, mood changes, decreased desire for sex, insomnia, and waking up with a very dry or a sore throat.

Arrange a consultation

If you possess any of the symptoms associated with sleep apnea, arrange a consultation with Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center today. At our clinic, we offer the latest methods of laser treatment for snoring. If you have questions or concerns, call our team today at 510-724-8282 (Pinhole) or 415-461-5755 (Larkspur).

Nobody wants to snore

Sleep ApneaIf you live with someone who snores, you may have had some unpleasant thoughts about the behavior, as you’ve lain awake with a pillow over your head. How can that person sleep through all the noise they’re creating? Why don’t they just stop once you’ve nudged them for the tenth time? Do they enjoy it? Do they simply not care how much the snorting and snuffling annoys everyone else?

The truth is, nobody snores on purpose.

Why do we snore?

The sounds are caused when the free flow of air (through the passages at the back of your mouth and nose) is obstructed. 

Occasional snoring

Some people make all that racket only when they have a cold or when they sleep on their backs. Statistics show that about 45% of “normal” adults snore occasionally.

Problem snoring

Constant snoring is more common in men and in people overweight. It can also get worse as we age. But for the estimated 25% of adults who snore habitually, or every time they fall asleep, the problem can be more serious than the noise.

Is snoring dangerous?
Most of us have now become aware of the many adverse medical effects of snoring, especially when it’s associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Loud, habitual snoring can cause everything from sleep deprivation and daytime drowsiness to lack of focus, confusion and irritability. People with OSA actually quit breathing for periods while they’re sleeping which can cause various health issues, from risk or heart attack to stroke.

Alleviating the problem

There are methods for putting an end to snoring, including:

  • Behavior modification
  • Sleep positioning
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
  • Jaw adjustment techniques
  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)
  • Laser Assisted Uvula Palatoplasty (LAUP) 

LAUP at BALCSC

At Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center, we use Laser Assisted Uvula Palatoplasty to treat snoring and mild OSA. In an outpatient setting under local anesthesia, we remove the excess, noise-causing tissue in the throat.

If snoring is disrupting your life, call us for an assessment:

Pinole (East Bay) Office (510) 724-8282

Larkspur (North Bay) Office (415) 461-5755

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