Sleep apnea occurs when breathing is disrupted during sleep. Though episodes of choking and gasping may occur every night you may not be aware of these frightening symptoms of sleep apnea. Symptoms may be noticed by your spouse or roommate. Symptoms of sleep apnea include:
Daytime sleepiness. Waking up, even after a “good” night’s sleep can be a sign of sleep apnea.
Diagnosing sleep apnea may begin with an extensive look into your family history. Your doctor will also do a physical exam and speak with you about your symptoms. If it is determined that you may have sleep apnea you will be referred to a sleep specialist.
A sleep study is the one way to definitively determine if you do in fact suffer from sleep apnea.
Treatments for sleep apnea range from conservative measures such as losing weight to more serious strategies like surgery and implants. Treatment options include:
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