About 22 million Americans currently suffer from obstructive sleep apnea — and around 80% of those cases aren’t diagnosed yet. If you have sleep apnea symptoms like snoring and daytime exhaustion, it’s important that you see an expert to get the diagnosis and help you need. Dr. Nader Mahmood at North Jersey Pulmonary Associates in Paterson and Totowa, New Jersey is here to help, so book online now, or call the office to schedule soon.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which you have continued breathing interruptions because of airway blockage. This blockage is typically caused by over-relaxation of your throat muscles while you're sleeping.
If you have obstructive sleep apnea, your sleep is usually interrupted many times during the night. If you don't pay attention to sleep apnea symptoms and get the help you need, you may develop serious medical problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, or stroke.
The symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:
For many, snoring is the main sign of obstructive sleep apnea. Many sufferers don't realize they have sleep apnea until a partner or family member complains about the continual snoring noise.
At North Jersey Pulmonary Associates, Dr. Nader Mahmood may use several different techniques to diagnose sleep apnea. A sleep study is usually the main diagnostic technique.
During this sleep study, your air flow, your blood oxygen levels, your breathing patterns, and your heart rate are all closely monitored. After making a diagnosis, Dr. Mahmood can treat your obstructive sleep apnea effectively.
Treatment for obstructive sleep apnea depends on your symptoms and on how it's affecting your life. For most patients, an Automatic Positive Airway Pressure (APAP) or a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine is an effective obstructive sleep apnea remedy.
With a CPAP machine, you wear a mask that delivers a continuous flow of air through the night. An APAP machine works in the same way as a CPAP machine, but it varies the airflow pressure. Dr. Mahmood can determine which type of machine is best for you based on the results of your sleep study.
Dr. Mahmood may also recommend lifestyle changes like weight loss (if needed,) drinking less alcohol and sleeping on your side.
There are two other kinds of sleep apnea, and both are quite rare in comparison to obstructive sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea usually has neurological origins while mixed sleep apnea is a combination of the other two types.
If Dr. Mahmood determines your sleep apnea to be one of these types, he’ll recommend you to the appropriate specialist for continued care.
Suffering from sleep apnea? Don't let it ruin your nights any longer. Book online now, or call the office for help.