Sleep Apnea Specialist
Maiden Lane Medical
Multi-Specialty Group Practice located in New York, NY
Insomnia, snoring, and consistently interrupted sleep patterns may indicate sleep apnea. A common condition among American adults, sleep apnea can compromise your quality of life. To restore restful slumber, visit Maiden Lane Medical in New York. With a focus on symptom relief and lifestyle changes, the expert team of physicians can help you get the sleep you need. Call or book an appointment online today for a personalized consultation.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common condition where the upper airway of the lungs becomes blocked during sleep. With sleep apnea, oxygen levels in the blood drop when you temporarily stop breathing.
In obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), this is caused by soft tissue collapse, which prevents normal breathing and causes frequent waking during the night. With central sleep apnea (CSA), the breathing pattern is interrupted because the brain does not send proper signals to the lungs.
When you have symptoms of both OSA and CSA, this is called mixed sleep apnea.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
Some people may confuse sleep apnea with snoring, but sleep apnea is a separate medical condition. The most common symptoms of sleep apnea are:
- Frequent waking during the night
- Loud snoring
- Snorting, choking, or waking up breathless
- Daytime fatigue or headaches
If you’re overweight or you have large tonsils, the symptoms of sleep apnea may be more pronounced.
Who is at risk for sleep apnea?
Several factors increase your risk for sleep apnea. The condition is more common in men than women, and it’s also more likely to develop in people over the age of 40. Some of the common risk factors for sleep apnea include obesity, alcohol consumption, family history, and smoking.
How is sleep apnea treated?
At Maiden Lane Medical, we can use various treatment methods to address sleep apnea. A custom-made mouthguard or device can help to reposition the back of your throat to stay open during sleep. This might also prevent grinding or clenching that contributes to sleep apnea symptoms.
Some patients also benefit from using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, which delivers air into the passageway to your lungs while you sleep.
It’s also possible to greatly reduce sleep apnea symptoms with positive lifestyle changes, like losing weight, reducing alcohol consumption, and implementing a more regular sleep schedule.
To book a personalized consultation about sleep apnea treatment with Maiden Lane Medical, call or schedule online today.