Sleep Apnea in Crofton, MD
Everyone has the occasional bad night of sleep. However, for millions of Americans, every night is a bad night of sleep. No matter what you do, you wake up morning after morning feeling completely exhausted, like you never went to sleep in the first place. This is a condition known as sleep apnea. With diagnosis and proper treatment, your sleep quality, and quality of life can be restored. The Mugford Center is here to help.
What is Sleep Apnea?When you have sleep apnea, your breathing is interrupted for several seconds several times while you sleep. When you stop breathing, you wake up, even if you are unaware of it. This disrupts your sleep cycles, forcing you to restart them all over again each time. Not only does sleep apnea impact your sleep, leaving you exhausted, it can also affect your mental and physical health as well.
Sleep apnea is a condition that affects how you breathe when sleeping. During sleep, normal breathing can be interrupted for 10 seconds or more hundreds of times during a single night. Untreated sleep apnea prevents you from getting enough deep, restorative sleep. Without enough deep sleep you may be sleepy, lack mental sharpness and be less productive. Long term health effects can be serious, including weight gain, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.
What are the Causes and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea CausesThere are three different types of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, and mixed sleep apnea. Mixed sleep apnea, also called complex sleep apnea syndrome, is a mixture of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea. This particular type of sleep apnea occurs when your airway becomes blocked, either by your tongue or other intraoral tissues. When your airway is blocked by these tissues, it can interfere with your breathing.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
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How is Sleep Apnea Diagnoses and Treated?
Sleep Apnea DiagnosisDiagnosing sleep apnea is typically done through a sleep study, which is performed in a sleep clinic. During your sleep study, which is called a polysomnogram, you are attached to machines that monitor and record different information while you sleep. Your heart rate, breathing, brain activities, blood oxygen levels, and the movements of your arms and legs are all monitored. After your sleep study is complete, the next day, the recorded information is read by a sleep specialist, who can interpret the results and diagnose sleep apnea or other sleep-related issues and prescribe you with appropriate treatment.
Sleep Apnea TreatmentThere are a number of different treatments that may be recommended for sleep apnea.
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What are the Types of Sleep Apnea?
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Schedule Your Sleep Apnea Consultation TodayThe proper diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea can help you to get the sleep you need, restoring your quality of life. For more information or to schedule your consultation, call The Mugford Center today at (410) 260-0790. We can help identify and diagnose the severity of the sleep apnea and discuss the best treatment options for your unique situation. For more information about our practice, see our office information page.