How your sleep specialists in Columbia, SC, can help with sleep apnea
Do you wake up exhausted, feeling like you didn’t sleep at all? If so, you could be suffering from sleep apnea, a common sleep condition which can have serious consequences. Your sleep specialist can help. The sleep specialists at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, provide a wide range of sleep medicine services, including diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is the result of the soft tissue at the back of your throat relaxing periodically during sleep. The relaxed tissue may partially or completely block your airway periodically, depriving your body of the oxygen it needs.
When your vital organs don’t get the oxygen they need because of sleep apnea, it can increase your risk of:
- Developing heart disease
- Having a stroke
- Becoming diabetic
- Experiencing memory problems
- Developing high blood pressure
There are a few signs and symptoms which could indicate you are suffering from sleep apnea. When you have sleep apnea, you might:
- Snore frequently
- Have morning headaches
- Have a dry sore throat in the morning
- Wake up choking or gasping
- Feel drowsy or groggy during the day
- Have problems with concentration and focus
Sleep apnea treatment begins with a sleep study to determine if you have sleep apnea or another type of sleep condition. If your sleep specialist determines that you have sleep apnea, the condition is treated using one of two treatment options:
Wearing a CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) machine, which creates a steady stream of oxygen that you breathe through a mask.
Wearing an Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance, which is a small dental appliance you wear in your mouth while you sleep. The appliance keeps your lower jaw in a forward position, so your airway stays open.
To learn more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of sleep apnea, talk with the experts. Call the sleep specialists at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC. You can reach them in the office by calling (803) 251-3093, so call now.