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Sleep Apnea

What is Sleep Apnea?

When you fall asleep at night your body relaxes.  If the soft tissue in your airway causes a blockage you will not be able to breathe.  When you don’t breathe your body doesn’t get enough oxygen. These episodes are called Apnea (no breath and a drop in oxygen in your blood).  Apnea events prevent the body from getting into a deep sleep and cause significant stress on your body and heart. You won’t know this is happening, but you will suffer the effects of sleep deprivation because of it.

A few common reasons for the airway to become blocked are large tonsils, the tongue falling back, a small jaw or excess weight or musculature around your neck.

What are the common symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

You may have one or several of these symptoms:

  • Tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Forgetfulness
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Acid reflux
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Dry mouth and/or sore throat
  • Chronic nasal congestion
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom at night
  • Waking with shortness of breath or heart racing

What is CPAP?

CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure.  The CPAP machine delivers a low pressure of air through a small hose to a mask.  This pressure of air holds your airway open at night so that it doesn’t close when you fall asleep.  The CPAP machine records your breathing patterns, will detect if you are having apnea events then adjust to correct those.  Once your apnea is treated you will be able to get into deep sleep.

Is CPAP right for me?

CPAP is the most effective way to treat Sleep Apnea.  By going through your two month free trial with Mainland Sleep we will help to determine if this is the right therapy for you.  CPAP will get rid of your Sleep Apnea as long as you wear the equipment. If you are unable to adapt to the equipment we can discuss alternatives to therapy that may be an option.