Sleep apnea, breathing problems that occur during sleep, affects more than 12 million people in the US. Many ear, nose and throat problems are associated with, or even caused by undiagnosed sleep apnea.
People who suffer from sleep apnea may stop breathing or have their breathing interrupted hundreds of times during the night, resulting in fatigue and symptoms of depression. Sleep apnea causes an increased effort to breathe placing stress on the heart, lungs, blood pressure and brain. If it goes untreated, sleep apnea can lead to permanent heart and lung damage and even shorten one’s lifespan.
Children with sleep apnea often display hyperactive tendencies or ADHD.
- Recognize the symptoms:
- Loud, disruptive snoring
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Gasping, pauses or shallow breathing during sleep
- Restless sleep
- Morning headache
- High blood pressure
What will happen at my visit to Mid-Kansas Ear, Nose & Throat?
Your physician can order a sleep study to determine if you suffer from a sleep disorder. The procedure takes place while you sleep and is painless. Sleep apnea can be treated in a number of ways based on severity. Your physician will create a treatment plan that may include an oral appliance, weight loss plan or surgery.