How Do I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea?

How Do I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea?

Did you know there is a common sleep disorder that can actually shorten your life? It’s true, and it’s called sleep apnea. If you think you might have sleep apnea, it’s time to seek out the help of an expert. Dr. Jahangir Sharifi and Dr. Cheryl Nocon at L.A. Sinus & Allergy Specialists in Los Angeles, CA, provide a wide range of ENT, sinus, and allergy services, including diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea.

What You Need To Know About Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is caused by the tissue at the back of your throat relaxing while you are asleep. When you have sleep apnea, it means the tissue is partially or completely blocking your airway.

When your airway is blocked, oxygen can’t reach your vital organs, including your heart and brain. This oxygen deprivation puts you at increased risk of:

  • A stroke
  • Memory problems
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure

So, how do you know if you have sleep apnea? There are some common signs and symptoms to look out for, including:

  • Frequent loud snoring
  • Waking up with a headache in the morning
  • A scratchy, dry, sore throat in the morning
  • Waking up suddenly with a gasping or choking sensation
  • Daytime grogginess, sleepiness, and problems concentrating

If you have any of the signs or symptoms listed above, you can benefit from a sleep test to determine if you have sleep apnea or another type of sleep disorder.

If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, common types of treatment include:

A CPAP, which is a continuous positive air pressure machine. The machine has a mask which fits over your mouth and nose. The mask connects to a machine that delivers a continuous flow of oxygen during sleep.

An oral mandibular advancement appliance, which is a small dental appliance. The appliance fits over your teeth, holding your lower jaw forward during sleep. This lower jaw position maintains an open airway throughout your sleep.

Medications or surgical treatment may also be indicated. Your specialist can discuss which treatment option is best for you.

Want To Know More?

To learn more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of sleep apnea, call Dr. Jahangir Sharifi and Dr. Cheryl Nocon at L.A. Sinus & Allergy Specialists in Los Angeles, CA. You can reach them in the office by calling (323) 226-0022, so call today.

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