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Sleep Apnea

There have been rumblings about it for quite a long time now. There was even an episode of “Friends” about it. That episode like most or all was hilarious but the scary truth is Sleep Apnea isn’t. Forgive the cliché but it truly is a matter of life or death. Sleep Apnea though can be managed for nearly all of the people who are afflicted with it. Today an accurate diagnosis and treatment is available.

Most of us understand that sleep apnea has something to do with snoring. Well that is mostly true and it may be for that reason that sleep apnea is often ignored by those who should be seeking a diagnosis and treatment. Almost all of us knows or has known someone who snores and for that reason alone we may feel comfortable about its annoying presentation and care much less about its serious health implications. Sleep Apnea most interestingly does not only occur in adults it happens in children as well. Have you ever heard your child snoring or perhaps grinding their teeth at night? Have you perhaps heard both?

So what exactly is Sleep Apnea? First, let’s be clear just because you snore doesn’t mean that you automatically have Sleep Apnea. But, if you snore you are more likely to develop Sleep Apnea and it only makes sense to investigate whether screening and or testing should be done. Essentially Sleep Apnea is obstructive sleep-disordered breathing. It causes a limitation to the amount of necessary oxygen we need to sleep well, to thrive, and to survive. Sleeping well is important for rejuvenation and repair of our bodies. If the intake of oxygen is obstructed or the amount of oxygen is being restricted the end result is lower than normal blood oxygen saturation levels. Lower than normal blood oxygen levels can be responsible for the failure of our body’s precious organs and hormonal equilibriums to function normally.

Sleep Apnea is associated with hypertension, atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease, stroke, heart failure, type II diabetes, ADHD, fibromyalgia and depression, the list goes on. If you or someone you know is not waking in the morning well rested and feeling well or if that person is chronically moody think about how they are sleeping. Snoring or gasping for air is very disruptive to sleep and could be a sign of a serious night time breathing disorder and Sleep Apnea.

The good news is that we are here to help you. We can offer assistance in the diagnosis and treatment of this disease. It would be our pleasure to provide you with more information and a simple screening. We would like to assist all of our existing and new patients in the pursuit of wellness, and of course a good night’s sleep.

Please let us know how we may help you.

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