What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
In many instances, people with sleep apnea do not recognize their own symptoms. This is because the interruptions in breathing occur while they are sleeping. In many cases their partners are the ones that point out the occurrence of the symptoms. some of the most common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Night sweats
- Restlessness and frequent nighttime awakenings
- Fatigue or drowsiness during the day
- Cognitive impairment including irritability, forgetfulness, or trouble concentrating
- Dry mouth or sore throat upon awakening
- Mood disturbances including anxiety or depression
- Sexual dysfunction
- Frequent urination at night
Sleep apnea may also occur in children. However, the signs may not be as obvious. Some signs of sleep apnea in children include:
- Poor performance at school
- Excessive night sweating
- Sleepiness or sluggishness during the day
- Mouth breathing during the day
- Unusual sleeping positions such as with the neck hyper-extended or sleeping on their hands and knees
- Behavioral and learning disorders such as attention deficits.
Schedule an appointment at our clinic for a thorough examination to see if you are suffering from sleep apnea at our Auburn location.
How is Sleep Apnea Treated?
We offer sleep apnea treatment in Auburn, designed to meet the specific needs of each patient. Conservative treatments include:
- Guidance for weight loss
- Administration of nasal sprays or breathing strips
- Use of sleep aids such as wedge pillows
- Changes in lifestyle habits such as avoiding alcohol
Our sleep apnea therapies in Auburn also include the application of mechanical therapies. These include the use of:
- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
- Bi-level PAP
- Adaptive Servo-Ventilation
- Auto CPAP
Sleep apnea surgery treatments in Auburn are reserved for cases where conservative methods are not effective. They are also used on patients that have malformed or excessive tissue obstructing airflow through the throat or nose such as in the case of a deviated septum.
Are You at Risk of Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea affects about 10 percent of women and 25 percent of men in the country. It can affect people of all ages including young children and even babies. However, people who are overweight and those above the age of 50 are at higher risk of developing sleep apnea.
We can Help You
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Timothy A. Hess to find out if you have sleep apnea. We offer a wide range of treatments including sleep apnea surgery in Auburn. We will provide you with an effective solution for your condition.