What Is Sleep Apnea?
By Augusta Ear Nose and Throat
July 23, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: sleep apnea  

Sleep ApneaSome people minimize the need for regular sleep, believing that the need for long hours of hard work is more important. But sleep is crucial to your good health, wellbeing, and ability to perform well at your job. A condition called sleep apnea is a common reason why some patients have trouble getting sufficient sleep. Get the help you need from an ear nose and throat doctor at Augusta ENT in Evans and August, GA, and Aiken, SC.

Why Sleep Is Important
When you are sleeping and the body is in a state of relaxation, it repairs and restores itself. Cells are replenished throughout the body that will allow you to think clearly, successfully do your daily tasks, and have the energy for physical activity. Getting proper sleep is essential if you want to protect your short and long-term memory. Sleep deficiency is a factor in a number of common health conditions including cardiovascular and heart disease and may contribute to depression. According to the CDC, the average adult needs at least seven hours of sleep each night.

How Sleep Apnea Disrupts Your Life
Sleep apnea is a disorder that quietly and silently disrupts your ability to sleep. You may fall asleep normally at first, but you’ll wake up dozens of times in the middle of the night without knowing what is happening. This is usually caused by soft tissue obstructing the airway while you sleep. Sleep apnea causes loud snoring, which is often the only symptom besides unexplained fatigue. It's important to seek treatment by your Evans, August, and Aiken ENT if you suspect that you may have this condition.

Sleep Apnea Solutions
To successfully treat sleep apnea, the blockage has to be cleared so that when you lay down you can still breathe comfortably. Treatments include:

- A mouthpiece that adjusts the jaw.
- CPAP therapy (a mask that aids in comfortable breathing).
- Pillar Procedure (a filament that stiffens the soft tissue that’s causing the blockage).
- Uvulectomy (removal of the uvula).
- Somnoplasty (tissue behind the tongue and in the nasal cavity is shrunk using radio signals).
- Surgery to remove excess soft tissue.

Sleep More Soundly
If you’ve been struggling with the effects of sleep apnea, relax knowing that multiple solutions are available. Call (706) 868-5676 today to schedule an appointment at Augusta ENT in Evans and Augusta, GA, or (803) 649-0003 for a doctor at the Aiken, SC, office.