Testing and Treatment
An estimated one in five Americans have some degree of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is a serious health condition characterized by repeated stopping or slowing of breathing due to airway collapse. This can occur hundreds of times while you sleep, reducing your quality of sleep and making you feel tired during the day. Untreated OSA can contribute to high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, workplace or motor vehicle accidents, and significant loss of productivity.
Medical and surgical options are available for the management of snoring and OSA. Medical options include continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment, oral appliance therapy, positional therapy, and weight loss. Treatment effectiveness depends on how long and how consistently you follow your doctor’s plan.
When medical management is inadequate, well-selected surgical procedures can help reduce the severity of the disorder, support medical therapy, or even lead to a cure.
Whether you have occasional trouble sleeping or you're living with a sleep disorder, you can get quality sleep and learn to better manage your condition.
Depending on the severity of the OSA, treatment can include CPAP, custom made mouth guard or other options that can be addressed with your healthcare provider.
Snoring can also be a sign of a more serious problem, known as obstructive sleep apnea. With sleep apnea, the relaxed muscles at the back of the throat cause the throat to close, which stops breathing, typically from 20 seconds to up to three minutes.
Most sleep apnea sufferers experience this cycle of snoring, apnea and awakening hundreds or more times a night. Sleep apnea has a higher incidence among people age 40 and older, people with a family history of snoring and in postmenopausal women.
If you suffer from debilitating snoring or think you may have sleep apnea, please contact our office and schedule an appointment with one of our professionals.
SLEEP SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE
For years struggling, not knowing your soft kiss and moist breath
could force me, gently to remember, to feel alive, young, giddy
Now you protect me, nourish me, give me hope.
Struggling no more.
- Mary Ann BamerOde to Ben is a patient’s testimony to using the CPAP for sleep apnea
As a premiere sleep diagnostic and treatment center in Key West, Island ENT has the experience to help and treat your sleep related issues and concerns
- IOANA CARABIN, MD, PAMedical Director
Contact our office today to set up your appointment and gain control of your sleep once again