Sleep Apnea Specialist
Sleep Apnea Specialistin Porterville, CA
Sleep Apnea Q & A
- Obstructive sleep apnea: results when your throat muscles relax during sleep
- Central sleep apnea: caused by dysfunction in your brain signals that control breathing
- Complex sleep apnea: a combination of both obstructive and central sleep apnea
- Loud snoring
- Frequently waking up
- Shortness of breath
- Morning headaches
To determine the best course of treatment for your sleep apnea, Dr. Hardt or Dr. Monterroso may help organize an at-home sleep study to treat your symptoms.
If you have a mild case of sleep apnea, you might need to make certain lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking or losing weight. Oral appliances can also be effective in keeping your throat open to prevent breathing stoppages as you sleep. These appliances move your jaw forward so you breathe easier and stop snoring.
For severe sleep apnea, which can be life-threatening, you may need a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine that provides you with oxygen through a mask. You wear the mask while you sleep to keep your airways open and your breathing constant.
Surgery may be necessary in some cases to remove excess tissue at the back of your throat or reposition your jaw to clear obstructions in your airway.
Don’t delay treatment for sleep apnea. Schedule a consultation with Richard Hardt, D.D.S. in Porterville, California, by calling the office or using online booking today.