No one likes to be told that they snore loudly. It can be a serious inconvenience for your bed partner and a source of embarrassment for you. But did you know that snoring is often a sign that you suffer from sleep apnea? This serious health condition impacts about 12 million people across the country and can place you at risk of other serious disorders if it is not treated properly.
Dr. Heather Fleschler understands the serious risks associated with sleep apnea, and she can help you devise a treatment plan that will alleviate the condition, restoring a restful night’s sleep. Please call (713) 660-6500 today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Fleschler serves patients in the West University, Bellaire, River Oaks, and Meyerland areas of Houston.
Understanding the Dangers of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a condition that causes you to experience interruptions in breathing repeatedly throughout the night. In order to resume breathing, your brain must rouse you from sleep. This cycle can occur hundreds of times a night without you being aware of it.
Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of the condition, occurs when the soft tissue in your throat collapses and blocks your airway. This airway blockage results in an insufficient supply of oxygen to the brain and heart while you sleep. Over time, this can place you at a greater risk of developing conditions such as:
- Heart attack
- Cardiac arrhythmia
- High blood pressure
- Gastric reflux
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
The most common symptom of sleep apnea is loud snoring. Other warning signs that you may suffer from this condition include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Daytime sleepiness
- Waking up with a choking or gasping sensation
- Reduced sex drive
- Weight gain
- Headaches in the morning
- Short term memory problems
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sore throat or dry mouth
If you suffer from one or more of these symptoms, Dr. Fleschler can perform a sleep evaluation to determine whether sleep apnea is the cause.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Once we have performed a thorough diagnostic exam, Dr. Fleschler will devise a customized sleep apnea treatment plan based on your unique condition. For mild cases of sleep apnea, you may be able to alleviate the condition by making minor lifestyle adjustments.
However, for more serious cases, Dr. Fleschler may recommend one of the following treatments:
- Oral appliance therapy
- CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure)
- Positional sleep therapy
Don’t delay in seeking your sleep apnea diagnostic evaluation. The sooner you begin treatment, the greater your chance of avoiding the serious health risks associated with this condition. Click here to find out more about the Sleep Apnea Treatment