Do I Have Sleep Apnea?
By Winchester Neurological Consultants
December 12, 2022
Category: Sleep Disorders
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

How your neurologist in Winchester, VA, can help with sleep apnea

Have you been told you snore? If so, it can be an embarrassing problem. Snoring can also be a sign of sleep apnea, a condition which has serious consequences and can shorten your life. Your neurologist can help. The neurologists at Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, VA, provide comprehensive neurological services, including diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea happens when the soft tissue at the back of your throat relaxes during sleep. The relaxed tissue can partially or completely block your airway. When your airway is blocked, not enough oxygen gets to your organs and tissues, including your heart and brain.

The chronic lack of oxygen can lead to:

  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Sleep apnea has a few obvious signs and symptoms including:

  • Frequent headaches in the morning
  • Suddenly waking up gasping or choking for air
  • Frequent sore throats when you wake up
  • Drowsiness or grogginess during the day
  • Problems with concentration and focus

If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms listed above, the first step is a sleep study, conducted in the Sleep Disorders Clinic at Winchester Neurological Consultants. The neurologists can diagnose sleep apnea and provide the best treatment for you.

Common treatments for sleep apnea include:

A Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine, also known as a CPAP. The machine provides oxygen through tubing connected to a facepiece, which you wear while you sleep. A CPAP provides continuous, steady oxygen flow to you while you sleep.

An Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance, which is a small dental appliance you wear while you sleep. The appliance keeps your lower jaw forward, so your airway remains open while you sleep.

To read more detailed information about sleep apnea signs, symptoms, and treatment, please click here.

To find out more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of sleep apnea, call the neurologists at Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, VA. You can reach them in the office by calling (540) 667-1828, so call now.