How your sleep specialist in Columbia SC can help you sleep soundly
Are you waking up suddenly, gasping for air? Do family members joke about your snoring? If so, you could have a potentially life-threatening condition known as sleep apnea. You need to learn more about this condition, and your sleep specialist can help.
Dr. Richard Bogan at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia SC offers a wide range of medical services, including diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
If you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea, you are not alone. Over 18 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with sleep apnea.
These are some of the most common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea:
- Waking up suddenly with a gasping, choking sensation
- Waking up with a headache most mornings
- Having a sore throat most mornings
- Daytime sleepiness and grogginess
- Frequent, loud snoring
Sleep apnea is caused by the tissue at the back of your throat relaxing and collapsing, partially blocking your airway while you sleep. This action keeps your vital organs from getting enough oxygen. Diminished oxygen levels can lead to problems with your vital organs, causing:
- A stroke
- A heart attack
- Memory problems
- Impaired mental ability
- Impaired physical ability
- A shortened lifespan
The good news is that your sleep specialist can help. The first step is a sleep study. If you do have sleep apnea, your sleep specialist may recommend:
A CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. It is the most common treatment for sleep apnea. The machine is connected to a facepiece that you wear at night. The CPAP provides a continuous flow of oxygen through the tube which connects to the facepiece. You are guaranteed a continuous flow of oxygen during sleep, helping you get a great night of deep sleep.
If you have sleep apnea, call us
If you think you might have sleep apnea, there is no time to lose. You need your sleep. You need to call Dr. Richard Bogan of Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia SC at (803) 251-3093. Call today and sleep better soon!