Sleep Apnea

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.

Sleep Apnea | Baltimore Periodontics | Catonsville MD
Sleep Apnea | Baltimore Periodontics | Catonsville MD

Factors That Increase the Risk of Sleep Apnea

Risk factors for sleep apnea include:

Being Male

Men are twice as likely to have sleep apnea than women.

Being Older

Sleep apnea occurs more frequently in adults 40 years of age or older.

Neck Circumference

Having a large or thick neck can increase sleep apnea risk.

Being Overweight

Excess weight around the upper airway can constrict breathing.

Nasal Obstructions

Difficulty breathing through the nose can contribute.

(GERD)

Gastroesophageal reflux disease

Smoking

Those who smoke are three times more likely to have sleep apnea.

Family History

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. 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, and headaches in the morning.

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.

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.

Sleep Apnea Has Been Linked To An Increased Risk For:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Problems
  • Daytime Fatigue
  • Surgical Complications
  • Liver Problems
  • Depression
  • Chronic Headaches
  • Memory Problems

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