April 18th is Sleep Apnea Awareness Day

by Dr. Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S.

April 17, 2013, 1:28 p.m.

April 18th is Sleep Apnea Awareness Day - check symptoms to see if you could be suffering - and how Dr. Kassir can help!

What is Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea, also called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), is a common disorder that affects more than 18 million people in the United States. OSA takes its name from the Greek word apnea, which means "without breath." People with sleep apnea literally stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, often for a minute or longer and as many as hundreds of times during a single night. It is recommended to be tested and seek the sleep apnea treatment necessary to make living with sleep apnea more manageable with our surgery. There are two types of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea andcentral sleep apnea. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is caused by tissue in the airway blocking the passage of air during sleep. Central Sleep Apnea is caused by the brain and nervous system affecting the impulse to breathe. Read below to learn more about the safe and effective treatments, symptoms, cures and surgery procedures offered to our patients in New Jersey.

Sleep apnea symptoms

There are many sleep apnea symptoms. Some people with obstructive sleep apnea complain that they wake up with a very sore and/or dry throat. Many patience wake up with a choking or gasping feeling and wake themselves up with their own snoring.Some of the sleep apnea symptoms include:

  • Your sleep partner may notice repeated silences from your side of the bed.
  • Choking, gasping and gagging while you sleep to get air into the lungs.
  • Very loud snoring and sounds.
  • Daytime sleepiness including falling asleep at inappropriate times (while driving or at work).
  • Waking up sweating during the night
  • Headaches upon awakening in the morning.
  • Depression.
  • Rapid weight gain.
  • Forgetfulness, memory loss and having difficulties learning.
  • Sleep apnea cures

There are several cures of sleep apnea offered by NJ Snoring & Sinus. We offer state of the art equipment and the latest medical procedures to help our patience with sleep apnea cures. The physicians at our clinic diagnose and will help you cure your Sleep Apnea disorder in adults and children. Call us today at 973-692-9300 to schedule an evaluation.

Common causes of sleep apnea are:

  • An obstructed airway
  • A central nervous system disorder such as a stroke, a brain tumor, or even a viral brain infection
  • A chronic respiratory disease

Other possible causes of sleep apnea:

Asthma: Young women with asthma are twice likely to have symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that often goes undetected in women. 21 percent of young women with asthma experienced habitual snoring, which is the main symptom of sleep apnea.

Obesity: Airways get constricted due to the excess body fat on the neck and chest. Abdominal and upper body obesity particularly is the main risk factor of obstructive sleep apnea. The more obese the person is, the greater is the risk of sleep apnea.

Tonsils: Tonsils are small tissue growths that are found on both sides of the throat. They catch bacteria and produce antibodies to fight off infections. When tonsils become infected, they swell and can lead to tonsillitis. If the tonsils are so enlarged, then can interfere with breathing and leads to sleep apnea.

Adenoids: Adenoids are a single clump of tissue in the back of the nose. Like tonsils, adenoids can also get infected and swollen. The swollen adenoids can obstruct breathing and cause snoring and sleep apnea.

GERD: GERD or gastro esophageal reflux disease is a possible cause of sleep apnea. GERD can occur due to acid reflux. Chronic acid reflux can cause scars inside the throat, causing obstructions resulting in sleep apnea.

How Sleep Apnea treatment works

On your first visit, your physician will take a careful history of your sleep condition, followed by a full visual examination of your airway; from the tip of your nose to your lungs. An overnight sleep study (Polysomnogram) is usually necessary in order to definitively diagnose obstructive sleep apnea. We work directly with several spa-like environment sleep centers around New Jersey. Our helpful staff will find a sleep center with which your insurance company contracts, and arrange for this study if indicated. After the examing and studying your sleep conditions, our physicians may suggest a treatment for your needs.

What are the benefits of Sleep Apnea treatment?

Many of the conditions associated with sleep apnea can be resolved. It has been shown to improve daytime sleepiness, concentration and memory, heart disease and heart failure, heartburn and reflux, diabetes control, erectile dysfunction, depression, and reduce the risk of car accidents. In addition, studies show that using CPAP is as effective as taking any one blood pressure medication to treat high blood pressure. If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase the risk of sudden death.

If you think you are suffering from sleep apnea, contact our office immediately at 973-692-9300

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