Have you been told you snore? Do you wake in the morning feeling exhausted and unrested? The cause of these sleep disturbances may very well be a serious medical condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA is characterized by the repetitious stop and start of your breathing, often for 10 seconds or longer and numerous times throughout the night. When breathing cessation occurs, your brain and other bodily systems are deprived of oxygen, which could be life-threatening. Dr. Marko Kamel is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and experienced in helping patients like you treat OSA for better quality sleep and avoid irreversible health problems.
Factors increasing your risk for OSA
Age (over 40)
Chronic allergies or sinusitis
Large neck or tongue
Alcohol or tobacco use
Losing more than just sound sleep
High blood pressure
Type II Diabetes
How Do You Know If Sleep Apnea Is Occurring?
Even one symptom of OSA warrants evaluation of this worrisome health complication. Signs and symptoms include:
Breathing cessation while sleeping
Sweating while sleeping
Choking, chortling or gasping during sleep
Waking repeatedly during the night
Sore throat or dry mouth upon waking
Trouble concentrating throughout the day
Diagnosing and Treating This Common Sleep Disorder
OSA affects nearly 18 million Americans,* and the frightening part is that many are living with this condition unknowingly. Dr. Kamel strongly believes in treating the whole person, not just the smile, and as such offers several solutions for protecting your health from OSA. The diagnostic process begins with a sleep study completed in the comfort of your own home. (If referred by an ENT and using medical insurance, you will receive a prescription for this service.) Depending on your results and experience with CPAP machines, treatment such as oral snoring appliances or Ozone Therapy may be indicated. Snoring caused by sleep apnea is not a normal condition, and deserves prompt attention by a qualified specialist. Let Dr. Kamel help you stop snoring and start experiencing healthier living and quality, rejuvenating sleep.
Contact our friendly Woodbury team today to schedule your snoring and sleep apnea consultation.
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