Are You Suffering From Sleep Apnea?
If you are experiencing symptoms such as loud snoring, headaches, waking up at night short of breath, or insomnia, you may have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can occur at any age and in both males and females. It can be dangerous if left untreated because it can increase your risk for heart failure. Dr. Ari Moskowitz offers several treatment options for sleep apnea.
Factors That Increase the Risk of Sleep Apnea
Risk factors for sleep apnea include:
Men are twice as likely to have sleep apnea than women.
Sleep apnea occurs more frequently in adults 40 years of age or older.
Having a large or thick neck can increase sleep apnea risk.
Excess weight around the upper airway can constrict breathing.
Difficulty breathing through the nose can contribute.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease
Those who smoke are three times more likely to have sleep apnea.
You may be at an increased risk if family members also have sleep apnea.
How is Sleep Apnea Treated?
Sleep apnea is classified as a serious medical problem and can increase you risk of heart failure and stroke if left untreated. Many people with sleep apnea experience bouts of fatigue and other health issues related to a lack of sleep. In some cases, sleep apnea can cause complications with certain medications you are taking.
Dr. Moskowitz will determine what type of sleep apnea treatment is most appropriate for you during your consultation. Your treatment plan may include lifestyle changes such as stopping smoking or losing weight, wearing an oral device that opens up the airways, or surgery.
Signs You Have Sleep Apnea
Not being able to breathe properly can have short term and long term effects on your health, so it is imperative to get treatment as soon as the problem is detected. Some of the warning signs of sleep apnea include:
- Loud snoring
- Extreme drowsiness throughout the day
- Waking up short of breath
- Headaches in the morning
Dangers of Untreated Sleep Apnea
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Problems
- Daytime Fatigue
- Surgical Complications
- Liver Problems
- Chronic Headaches
- Memory Problems
Schedule A Consultation
If you suffer from sleep apnea, Dr. Moskowitz may be able to provide a treatment for you. Call (410) 744-6088 to schedule a consultation.