At Carolina Sleep Solutions in Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. Richard Van Gurp and his professional team treat patients with sleep apnea. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a disorder in which breathing is sporadically and repeatedly interrupted during sleep. This happens when the muscles in the back of the throat, including the tongue, fail to keep the airway open, despite attempts to breathe. There are many reasons as to why patients should treat this condition. If you suspect that you may have sleep apnea, contact us today.
Reasons Why You Should Treat Your Sleep Apnea
- Reduction in Heart Problems: Studies have shown that patients who had their sleep apnea problems treated saw a reduction in blood pressure and heart problems. Heart disease, heart failure, stroke, diabetes, and heart arrhythmias are all difficulties that can stem from obstructed breathing.
- Feeling Alert During the Day: When a patient experiences sleep apnea, oxygen is prevented from reaching the lungs, which forces the brain to wake itself from certain stages of sleep. This is done to tell the body to signal the body to increase respiratory effort to splint open the airway. The brain is not in deeper stages of sleep, during which it improves cognitive functions.
- Better Sleep: One of the symptoms of sleep apnea is restless sleep. Many people with sleep apnea find themselves fully waking up to breathe. With treatment, patients receive a more comfortable and restful night of sleep.
- Fewer Medication Problems: If your sleep apnea is not diagnosed, you may be at risk if you take medications such as narcotic analgesics or sedatives and general anesthesia during surgery. These medicines can further relax your upper airways and worsen symptoms of sleep apnea.
Schedule a Consultation
Call Carolina Sleep Solutions in Charlotte, North Carolina at (704) 746-3160. You may also request a sleep apnea screening and consultation on our website.