Sleep Apnea Treatment in Washington, D.C.
Obstructive sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders affecting American adults today. The unfortunate part is that many people with this sleep disorder don’t even know that they have it. While one night of tossing and turning certainly isn’t a cause for concern, if you find yourself extremely exhausted all day long despite getting quality sleep, or if your bed partner has told you that you snore loudly every night, then it might be time to schedule an appointment with our otolaryngologist.
Sleep apnea occurs when the tissue in the back of the throat collapses, obstructing the airways and making it difficult to breathe. As a result, there is a disruption of oxygen to the brain throughout the night, and these pauses in breath can occur hundreds of times in just a single night.
It’s important to seek treatment for sleep apnea as soon as possible, as leaving this sleep disorder untreated can lead to serious and long-term health problems including diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and heart attacks.
Symptoms of sleep apnea include,
- Chronic, loud snoring
- Restless sleep
- A frequent sore or dry throat
- Gasping for air or making choking sounds while asleep
- Extreme daytime exhaustion
- Lack of energy throughout the day
- Frequent morning headaches
- Mood swings and increased irritability
- Brain fog, forgetfulness, and trouble concentrating
These symptoms can also be a sign of other sleep disorders and conditions, so it’s important that you find out what’s impacting the quality of your sleep so that you can get the proper treatment you need.
Dr. Bond and his medical team have treated countless patients living with sleep apnea in Washington, DC. While there is no cure for sleep apnea there are ways to manage symptoms effectively to greatly improve sleep. One of the most common ways to treat sleep apnea is with CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy.
The CPAP machine pumps pressurized air through a tube, which is connected to a facemask. The mask is worn over the nose and mouth to provide enough pressure in the throat to prevent the airways from collapsing while you sleep. CPAP therapy can be used to treat everything from minor to more serious obstructive sleep apnea. Along with CPAP therapy, other treatment options include lifestyle changes (e.g. losing weight; avoiding alcohol), dental appliances and nasal surgery.
If you suspect that you might have sleep apnea it’s important to schedule an evaluation with an ENT doctor as soon as possible. Call our office today at (202) 726-7770.