Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. Treatment may include lifestyle changes, mouthpieces, breathing devices, and surgery.
Sleep apnea is a condition marked by abnormal breathing during sleep. People with sleep apnea have multiple extended pauses in breath when they sleep. These temporary breathing lapses cause lower quality sleep and affect the body’s supply of oxygen, leading to potentially serious health consequences.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a relatively common disorder. Those with heart failure, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, stroke, diabetes mellitus type 2, etc. are more prone to developing sleep apnea. It can affect children and adults and people of both sexes, although it is more common in men than it is in women (except women entering menopause, who have an increased risk of sleep apnea).
Like many common health conditions, most primary care providers will give you a referral to see a sleep specialist. This requires approval from your insurance, waiting on the referral to be processed and scheduling an appointment with an unfamiliar provider / office.
Optima Medical’s Sleep Apnea Program aims to keep your circle of care within the same office by thoroughly evaluating and treating your Sleep Apnea. The program is simple and uses the following five-step approach: