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Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea Testing & Sleep Services performed at ENTACC

Those who are at risk for obstructive sleep apnea are males over the age of 40, females over the age of 50, those with hypertension, pre-diabetes and diabetes, and the overweight population.

People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have disrupted sleep and low blood oxygen levels. When obstructive sleep apnea occurs, the tongue is sucked against the back of the throat. This blocks the upper airway and airflow stops. When the oxygen level in the brain becomes low enough, the sleeper partially awakens, the obstruction in the throat clears, and the flow of air starts again, usually with a loud gasp.

Repeated cycles of decreased oxygenation lead to very serious cardiovascular problems. Additionally, these individuals may suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness, depression, and loss of concentration. The health risks associated with sleep apnea include heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Some patients have obstructions that are less severe called Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS). These individuals suffer many of the same symptoms.

The first step in treatment resides in recognition of the symptoms and seeking appropriate consultation. Our physicians at ENTACC offer consultation and treatment options.

Treatment of Sleep Apnea

CPAP Sleep Apnea Services

CPAP – An initial treatment may consist of using a nasal CPAP machine that delivers pressurized oxygen through a nasal mask to limit obstruction at night. A blower connects by a tube to a mask that fits over your mouth and nose. This constant pressure keeps the airway from collapsing allowing normal breathing.

Provent Nasal Valve Treatment

Provent Nasal Valve– Another effective treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the Provent Nasal Valve. This discreet, disposable device is applied to the nostrils nightly and requires no mask, machine or electricity. Provent Therapy uses the power of your own breathing to create the airway pressure holding the airway open and enabling natural airflow.

Provent Nasal Valve Treatment

Oral Appliance– This two-part adjustable “boil and bite” mandibular advancement device treats snoring and sleep apnea. The upper and lower trays are fitted to your teeth keeping the tongue away from the soft palate and opening the airway.

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