Evaluation and Treatment for Sleep Apnea in Tucson, AZ

Does your breathing stop and start while you’re sleeping? You may have sleep apnea, a serious type of sleeping disorder. Abnormal breathing patterns while sleeping is one of its most well-known symptoms. In addition to causing loud snoring and daytime sleepiness, sleep apnea can also result in high blood pressure or heart problems.

At Sleep Perfection, we help our patients address sleep apnea issues to ensure a higher quality of sleep and overall wellness.

What Is Sleep Apnea

Since sleep apnea’s primary symptom is snoring, it’s important to note that it’s different from primary (regular) snoring. Throat or nose conditions, sleeping positions (specifically back sleeping), old age, obesity, or the use of alcohol or other depressants are the general causes of primary snoring.

On the other hand, if you exhibit the following signs, you may have sleep apnea:

  • Pausing for over 10 seconds while breathing
  • Restlessness
  • Taking shallow gasps, breaths, or chokes.
  • Snoring excessively loud

Experiencing any of these symptoms? Learn about the different types of sleep apnea.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

OSA, the most common type of sleep apnea, is caused by an airway blockage. This blockage happens when the whole structure of the tongue falls against the throat, closing the airway.

Central Sleep Apnea (CSA)

CSA is a relatively more difficult type of sleep apnea to treat. CSA occurs when there's a signal disruption from the brain and lungs. As a result, people who have CSA tend to breathe shallowly throughout the night. In some cases, CSA can even stop a person's breathing while they sleep.

Complex or Mixed Sleep Apnea

Complex apnea is a combination of OSA and CSA. With each sleep apnea, the brain will wake the sleeper just to resume breathing.

How We Evaluate Sleep Apnea

During your sleep consultation, Dr. Pandhi will discuss your sleep symptoms and concerns, and ask you to complete a sleep questionnaire.  Your answers will help Dr. Pandhi evaluate your sleep apnea symptoms. Common risk factors include obesity, age, and high blood pressure.

If Dr. Pandhi suspects sleep apnea, he may recommend a sleep study program or sleep monitoring test to evaluate your health needs further.

Sleep Study Program
in Tucson, AZ

Sleep studies are non-invasive, which means you don’t need to undergo a blood test or other invasive procedures. Instead, our sleep study program in Tucson, AZ, involves attaching multiple sensors to your body. The sensors enable sleep technicians to monitor your brain activity, breathing, and other vital signs while you sleep.

A sleep study program has two formats:

  • Full night: A full night sleep program aims to monitor you for an entire night. If you’re evaluated with sleep apnea, you may return to the lab, so a professional will set you up with a device to help you breathe while you’re sleeping.
  • Split night: Split night, as the name suggests, divides your night into two. The first half is to monitor your sleep. If the first half points to sleep apnea, you’ll enter the second half, which involves setting up the appropriate treatment device.

Furthermore, you can complete a sleep study program in the lab or at home. Here’s the difference between the two.

In-Lab Sleep Study

This is the traditional way of conducting a sleep study –– hooking you up to sensors and equipment that willl monitor your vital signs and arm and leg movements. An in-lab sleep study can also detect other sleep problems that cause daytime sleepiness or sudden bouts of sleep during the day.

At-Home Sleep Apnea Test

With the help of SleepImage and Ares™, an at-home sleep study allows our Sleep Perfection experts to evaluate OSA at home. Each device, both of which are portable and convenient, will monitor the following bodily metrics to evaluate sleep apnea:

  • Breathing patterns and chest motions
  • Blood oxygen and heart rate levels
  • Actigraphy (nocturnal movement)
  • Sleep positions throughout the night
    Snoring intensity and events

Effects of Sleep Apnea

If left untreated, sleep apnea can have many negative consequences. For one, having sleep apnea means you’re susceptible to high blood pressure. Hence, sleep apnea could cause heart failure and arrhythmias, both of which are related to high blood pressure. Additionally, sleep apnea can cause a variety of health problems, such as:

Obesity

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Stroke

Hypertension

Arrhythmia

Cardiomyopathy

Diabetes

Heart attack

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Treatment

Depending on the outcome of your sleep study, Dr. Pandhi will prescribe these oral appliances:

  • Vivos
  • Mandibular Advancement Device
  • Tongue Retaining Device
  • Myo Functional Therapy

It’s also best if you work on making these lifestyle changes:

  • Losing weight
  • Exercising
  • Refraining from drinking alcohol hours before bedtime or completely
  • Quitting the use of nicotine products
    Avoid taking sedative medications
  • Don’t sleep on your back

If any of these efforts don’t improve your sleep or you have severe sleep apnea, you may need surgery.

You Deserve A Good
Night's Sleep.

If you or your loved one are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea, contact our office today. We are happy to schedule a complimentary consultation with you to help you learn more about our evaluation and treatment options.