Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep Apnea Specialist in San Jose, CA

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that is caused when the patient does not get enough oxygen due to interrupted breathing. The patient suffers from irregular breathing and often there can be pauses in between their breathing as well. This drastically affects the quality of sleep that the patient gets and it can affect their health to a great extent. This sleep apnea can be brought on by the patient's airway getting blocked during sleep. Once this happens, the patient might struggle to breathe and sleep peacefully.

What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

Some of the various symptoms of sleep apnea are:

  • Sleepiness or lack of energy due to disrupted sleep.
  • Loud snoring while sleeping and occasionally choking or gasping.
  • Problematic headaches and a feeling of restlessness.
  • Recurrent waking up, insomnia, and daytime fatigue.
  • Poor concentration and slower reflexes can also be symptoms of sleep apnea.

What are the Types of Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea can fall into various categories depending upon the patient's symptoms. Here are some types:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the patient's airway is blocked, the soft tissue at the back of the patient's mouth collapses and it can affect their breathing.
  • Central sleep apnea is when the patient’s brain does not signal the muscles to perform the breathing activity. This is due to low control over respiratory activity.
  • Mixed Sleep Apnea is when obstructive and central sleep apnea occurs at the same time. This form of sleep apnea is also called complex sleep apnea.

What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea can affect people of different ages but there are a few risk factors that could make a person susceptible to sleep apnea. Being overweight is one of the main factors that could bring about problems related to sleep apnea. A large tongue, tonsils, or allergies could also lead to the onset of sleep apnea. A deviated septum could be a factor in sleep problems and constant snoring of the patient. Often, if sleep apnea runs in the family then the patient can also be at risk for this problem.

What is the Diagnosis done for Sleep Apnea?

The doctor evaluates the patient's symptoms before coming to the diagnosis that it is sleep apnea. Often a sleep study is done on the patient that helps the doctor to quantify the patient's problem. Based on the severity of the problem, the doctor decides a method of action to help the patient.

Sleep is one of the most necessary aspects of a person's life. If you do not get enough sleep or good quality sleep, it can disrupt important areas of your life. Therefore if you find that you are facing any of the above symptoms mentioned then it is best to see a sleep apnea expert who can help you with this problem.

Dr. Daniel T. Lee in San Jose can help you identify and address your sleep apnea related problems. Please give us a call at 408-971-9600 to setup an appointment!