Thousands of Americans are affected by the chronic disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea. The condition is characterized by brief breathing stoppages, and has been linked to serious health issues such as heart disease and high blood pressure. A good night’s sleep is important to good health, so it’s important to treat sleep apnea as soon as it is detected.
Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Loud snoring is one of the common symptoms of sleep apnea, so people who snore should have themselves checked for the condition. Other signs of the condition include dry mouth or sore throat on waking,difficulty concentrating, memory problems, irritability, headaches, and insomnia. The pauses in breathing that occur during the nighttimecan cause people with sleep apnea to be very tired during the day.
During sleep the muscles in the throat keep the airway open, so that we are able to breath in sufficient oxygen. However for people with sleep apnea, there is a narrowing of the airway, reducing the flow of oxygen and leading to sleep disruption. This is often due to the presence of extra tissue that narrows the airway, or in some casesthe throat muscles relax too much. Sleep apnea occurs when there is a blockage of the airway in the throat, usually as a result of these or other factors.
At the Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center, Dr. Serebrakian utilizes laser assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) to treat sleep apnea. This involves the use of laser technology to remove tissue in the throat. Local anesthesia is used to carry out the procedure. LAUP can reduce snoring, or eliminate it in some cases.
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is also used to treat sleep apnea, (read more) and involves wearing a specially designed mask linked to a CPAP machine.