According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, an estimated 22 million Americans are living with sleep apnea, although nearly 80% of those cases are undiagnosed. If you’re not getting the rest you need, a diagnostic sleep study is the first step in finding relief, and is available at Tri-State Neurological & Sleep Disorder Center in Henderson, Nevada, with Muhammad Nayer MD. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Nayer to get started on a path toward enhanced rest. A simple online scheduling tool is available, or you can always set up your visit by phone.
Sleep apnea is a disorder in which your breathing stops and starts throughout the night, preventing you from getting proper rest. There are several types of sleep apnea, including:
This is the most common type, and happens when the muscles in your throat relax while you’re asleep and block air flow to and from your lungs.
This type happens when there is a miscommunication between your brain and the muscles that control your breathing function.
This type, also called treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, happens when you have both central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea.
There are treatment options for all types of sleep apnea, helping you get the rest you need to stay happy and healthy.
The most common symptom of sleep apnea is a chronic sense that you’re not getting enough rest at night. Additional symptoms include:
Very often the person you share your sleep space with will let you know there’s something amiss, as your nocturnal sounds or movements will also disrupt their sleep.
Tri-State Neurological & Sleep Disorder Center is equipped with a state-of-the-art Sleep Center certified by the American Academy of Sleep. The facility uses multiple diagnostic tools to get to the bottom of your sleep troubles.
An overnight polysomnogram records your blood oxygen level, brain waves, eye and leg movements, and breathing and heart rate as you sleep. Those readings identify the patterns of sleep disruption and sleep stages.
A multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) measures how long it takes you to fall asleep for short naps spread over the span of an entire day. Sensors evaluate your sleep stages, and the results can help determine if you have hypersomnia or narcolepsy, as opposed to sleep apnea. A maintenance of wakefulness test can also be helpful in determining if you have a sleep disorder.
A continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine helps you sleep by ensuring you have plenty of oxygen during the night. A CPAP titration study shows Dr. Nayer how well your CPAP therapy is working and whether adjustments are needed.
Medical mouthpieces can also help you get a good night’s rest. These devices work by positioning your jaw or tongue to keep your airway clear. Orofacial therapy is another treatment option, and works by strengthening the muscles controlling your tongue, soft palate, lips, and lateral pharyngeal wall.
Don’t let sleep apnea keep you from enjoying a full and active life; schedule an appointment with Dr. Nayer online or by phone.