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Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep Apnea Treatment

The type of sleep apnea treatment prescribed by your sleep specialist will very much depend on the severity of your diagnosis. Treatment can range from changes in lifestyle choices (the use of alcohol, recreational drugs, cigarettes, sedatives, etc.) to the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device and in the most serious cases, surgery.

Sleep Apnea Test

Initial Sleep Apnea Test

When you alert your doctor he/she may conduct a series of sleep apnea tests. However, your doctor’s initial diagnosis will likely be based on family medical history, physical examination, and sleep study results. Your general practitioner will be able to evaluate the severity of the symptoms and recommend treatment or refer you to a sleep specialist depending on symptom severity.

It may be worth checking to see if there are other sleep apnea sufferers in the family. Remember, many people are unaware of the symptoms and their sleep apnea is left undiagnosed.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

What Are Sleep Apnea Symptoms?

“Apnea” is derived from the Greek word “apnous” which literally translates as “breathless.”  Therefore, it stands to reason that symptoms may involve breathing difficulties.  That being said, symptoms of sleep apnea (sometimes spelled apnoea) are many and varied. This post will discuss the most common symptoms.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) can often be distinguished by their respective symptoms. However, given that these are two forms of the same sleeping disorder, they also share a number of symptoms. This may present a challenge when diagnosing a patient suffering from sleep apnea.

Since it is possible for a person to suffer from both OSA and CSA, it is not unusual for someone to display symptoms characteristic of both forms of the disorder.

Apnea (Apnoea)

The Apnea Epidemic

Many sufferers of apnea (sometimes spelled apnoea) will tell you what a nightmare it is, but many others don’t even realize they have it. Often, apnea is first noticed by a family member rather than the sufferer themselves.

Sleep apnea occurs widely in adults and children worldwide. Sleepdex.org estimates that eighteen million people in the United States alone are affected.

What is Apnea?

“Apnea” is derived from the Greek word “apnous” which literally translates as “breathless”. Apnea is a sleep disorder that causes pauses in breathing or periods of shallow breathing while a person sleeps.