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Sleep Medicine (Sleep Apnea Treatment)

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For millions of Americans, getting quality sleep is just a dream. At Longwood Family Health, Dr. Oh and Dr. Qureshi offer sleep medicine to help patients achieve a healthy sleep routine. A very common sleep disorder is sleep apnea, a potentially serious condition in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts.

There are two main types of sleep apnea. One is called obstructive sleep apnea and is the more common form, occurring when the throat muscles relax. The other is known as Central sleep apnea, which happens when the brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control a person’s breathing.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Do you feel tired all the time?
  • Do you feel like you never get enough sleep?
  • Do you feel un-refreshed in the morning?
  • Does your partner say you snore or stop breathing in the middle of the night?
  • Do you have morning headaches?
  • Do you have uncontrollable high blood pressure?

If you say yes to any of the above you might have sleep apnea, and we can help!

Risk Factors for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  • Excess weight
  • Neck circumference
  • A narrowed airway
  • Being male
  • Being older
  • Family history
  • Race
  • Use of alcohol, sedatives or tranquilizers
  • Smoking
  • Nasal congestion

Risk Factors for Central Sleep Apnea

  • Being male
  • Being older
  • Heart disorders
  • Stroke or brain tumor

Test to Diagnose Sleep Apnea

Our physicians at Longwood Family Health may conduct special tests in order to diagnose a case of sleep apnea. This may include an initial evaluation based on your signs and symptoms. If necessary, they may refer you to a sleep disorder center. Tests to detect sleep apnea may include:

  • Nocturnal polysomnography – During this test, the patient is hooked up to a special equipment that monitors the heart, lung and brain activity, breathing patterns, arm and leg movements and blood oxygen levels while they sleep.
  • Home sleep tests – Home sleep tests are conducted in the patient’s home, by the patient. These include measuring your heart rate, blood oxygen level, airflow and breathing patterns.

To learn more about diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea, call 407.862.3400 or request an appointment on our website.