Sleep deprivation can make it difficult to function. Our compassionate team understands the impact of untreated sleep apnea and can help you manage your symptoms. After your initial doctor’s office visit, we offer noninvasive sleep disorder tests for at-home use.
Sleep Apnea Basics
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that impacts your breathing during what should be a peaceful slumber. When you have sleep apnea, your breathing may stop multiple times during the night. This can prevent you from completing a REM cycle, which is the process that helps prepare your brain for tasks such as memorization and learning. You may wake up feeling exhausted, even after a full night of sleep.
There are three types of sleep apnea: central sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, and mixed sleep apnea. With central sleep apnea, an individual’s brain fails to move the muscles needed for breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airway collapses during sleep. Mixed sleep apnea results when you have episodes of central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea symptoms range from mild to severe depending on the extent of your condition. Common symptoms include the following:
- Exhaustion or sleepiness during the day
- Dry mouth or throat upon awakening
- Waking up gasping for breath
- Choking sensations that disrupt your sleep
- Headaches in the morning
- Difficulty driving or performing complex tasks
- Memory issues
- Decreased libido
Some individuals may also faint or experience episodes of nausea and dizziness from untreated sleep apnea. If you’re unsure whether your symptoms stem from sleep apnea, contact us. We can help analyze the root of your concerns, whether you suffer from daily issues or only experience sporadic symptoms.
Sleep Apnea Diagnosis
Numerous medical professionals can diagnose a patient with sleep apnea. This includes a patient’s primary care physician, pulmonary specialists, ENTs, cardiologists and sleep physicians. Our knowledgeable team can provide and evaluate sleep disorder tests. Many experts rely on sleep studies for a diagnosis, but we track sleep duration and record respiratory function with tests designed for home use. We also offer allergy testing, insomnia treatment and pulmonary rehab for patients.
Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea
Left untreated, sleep apnea can significantly impact your well-being and make it difficult to perform essential tasks. After your diagnosis, we work with you to develop an effective treatment plan. We have numerous treatment options for patients with sleep apnea, including a CPAP clinic, dental devices and sleep apnea therapy. Our therapy includes CPAP and BiPAP machines.
CPAP machines are a popular treatment for sleep apnea patients. A CPAP machine holds your airway open as you sleep using a continuous flow of pressurized air. This air comes from your bedroom and is transmitted through a face mask.
A BiPAP machine offers bilevel treatment for patients with sleep apnea. The device uses two different types of air pressure. The higher level of pressure helps you inhale easily, and the lower level of pressure helps you exhale comfortably. A BiPAP machine looks similar to a CPAP machine, but it’s ideal for patients who are claustrophobic or struggle to improve with a single flow of pressurized air.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Sleep is essential for your physical, mental and emotional health. If sleep apnea is disrupting your rest, contact our compassionate New Jersey team for help. We serve residents in Somerset and Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Schedule your appointment or reach out to us with questions about our sleep disorder treatments by calling (732) 356-9950.