Sleep Apnea Gonzales
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Gonzales, LA
From Sleep Rite
If you wake up in the night unable to breathe, or if you’re chronically tired regardless of how long you sleep, you could have sleep apnea. It’s a condition that’s very common, and there’s help available. Don’t delay, though, because untreated sleep apnea can adversely affect your health. Sleep Rite in Gonzales can help. Call us in Gonzales for sleep apnea treatment at 888-375-3378 to arrange for a sleep study so you can be on your way to healthy, restful sleep.
Is Sleep Apnea Dangerous?
It can be. If any of the following symptoms apply to you, you could have sleep apnea. It means that at various points during your sleep, you stop breathing, and it may take you a while to get started again. Sleep apnea sufferers often have their breathing interrupted several times during the night, and when this happens, the brain is not getting the oxygen it needs in order to function. Do you have any of these symptoms?
- You often want to close your eyes, just for a little while, when you’re driving;
- Your throat is sore or dry in the morning;
- You’re always tired;
- Your snoring wakes the entire neighborhood;
- You’re frequently irritable;
- Your sex drive has dwindled.
Any of these symptoms can indicate sleep apnea, and the more symptoms you have, the more likely it is that you have it.
How Can I Get a Diagnosis?
The Sleep Rite center in Gonzales can help you with a diagnosis. The first step is a sleep study. It’s nothing to be nervous about; you just come to our center and spend the night trying to sleep. A technologist will use sensors and monitors to record your heart rhythm, breathing, brain waves, eye movements and muscle tone. The information that’s collected will be provided to your physician, who will evaluate it in order to determine whether or not you have sleep apnea. Assuming that you do, then you can consider how it should be treated.
How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?
Long-term treatment options depend on what’s caused the sleep apnea. The most important thing, though, is to stop the problem immediately. Likely, your doctor will want you to wear a mask that’s attached to a machine designed to send air into your nasal cavities while you sleep. This is known as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP, and it’s the “front line” response to sleep apnea.
With the condition being eased, you can look for longer-term solutions. If the sleep apnea is due to a physical condition like a deviated septum or enlarged tonsils, you may need surgery. Much of the time, sleep apnea is due to obesity, and if this is the case, you will no doubt have to lose weight. The good news is that sleep apnea is usually very treatable.
First, get a diagnosis. Call Sleep Rite in Gonzales for sleep apnea treatment at 888-375-3378, so you can look forward to effective, relaxing sleep.