Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Q What type of doctor specializes in obstructive sleep apnea?
Several types of doctors specialize in sleep disorders. Begin with a visit to your family practitioner or internist. They may refer you to an ear, nose, and throat doctor (otolaryngologist) to make sure there are no blockages interferring with... Full Answer
- Q What are the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea can have different symptoms. The most common symptom is disruptive snoring. Your breath might be shallow, or it might stop entirely for ten seconds or more as you sleep. You might snore loudly, snort, or gasp while you... Full Answer
- Q Is obstructive sleep apnea a sleep disorder?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder. It happens when the soft tissue in the back of your throat or upper airway becomes too relaxed and obstructs, or blocks, your airway. This can lead to breathing problems and interrupted sleep. If you... Full Answer
- Q How is obstructive sleep apnea diagnosed?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, CardiologyObstructive sleep apnea occurs when something is literally obstructing or blocking your airway while you sleep, but how do we know for sure? One way to check is to have someone check in on you when you sleep. Ask someone you live with to help or,... Full Answer
- Q Can obstructive sleep apnea be prevented?
There is no sure way to prevent obstructive sleep apnea. However, you may be able to lower your risk by maintaining a healthy weight and not drinking too much alcohol or smoking. You should also treat any medical conditions with which sleep apnea... Full Answer
- Q How do I manage my obstructive sleep apnea on a daily basis?
If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you should follow your doctor's instructions on a daily basis. This may mean losing weight, not smoking or drinking too much alcohol, or changing the position in which you sleep at night. If your doctor recommends... Full Answer
- Q What are the health complications associated with obstructive sleep apnea?
Dr. Phil Westbrook, Sleep MedicineResearch studies have shown that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with a variety of unpleasant health problems. These include high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, irregular heart rhythm, diabetes, and early and sudden... Full Answer