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Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a chronic sleep disorder that affects millions of people. It is when a person’s breathing stops for a few seconds to minutes one or more times while sleeping, resulting in poor sleep quality that makes you feel tired the following day.

Overweight men over 40 have the highest risk of developing sleep apnea, but anyone at any age can suffer from sleep apnea, including children. Unfortunately, the majority of people who suffer from this sleep disorder go left untreated due to lack of awareness.

Whether a person has Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Central Sleep Apnea, or Mixed Sleep Apnea, it is vital to seek medical treatment to correct the problem. Untreated sleep apnea can cause extreme fatigue, memory loss, weight gain, impotency, headaches and more serious medical conditions, such as high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases.

We will use a thorough review your medical and family history and the latest diagnostic tests to determine if you have sleep apnea and if so, what type. This will assist us in creating a personalized treatment plan catered to your individual needs. Treatments vary, but may only involve simple lifestyle changes like losing weight or stopping smoking. For more severe cases of sleep apnea, the use of oral devices, a CPAP device or surgery may be necessary.