Sleep Apnea in Sun Prairie, WI

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Sleep Apnea Symptoms

  • Problems falling or staying asleep
  • Very loud snoring
  • Shallow breathing
  • Waking up breathless
  • Headaches upon waking
  • Attention deficiencies
  • Feeling sleepy or nodding off during normal waking hours

Sleep Apnea in Sun Prairie, WI

Understanding and Treating Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious health condition that causes the breathing to consistently start and stop throughout the sleep cycle. This interrupts the flow of oxygen to the brain and other areas, increasing the risk of a stroke and heart attack. It can also complicate surgical outcomes and impede the efficacy of certain medications. Loud snoring is one of the most common indicators of sleep apnea, usually detected by family members or a bed mate, but patients also report daytime drowsiness and may even fall asleep behind the wheel or at work and school.

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There are Two Types of Sleep Apnea

  1. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): Most patients who seek treatment for sleep apnea have OSA, a condition in which excess soft tissue in the rear of the mouth relaxes and obstructs the airway.
  2. Central Sleep Apnea (CSA): CSA is less common and happens when the brain fails to properly activate or send signals to the body’s respiratory control center.

Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can strike any gender at any age but certain factors may place some at a greater risk of developing this condition.

  • Overweight men in their 40s and older
  • Family history of sleep apnea
  • Larger than normal tongue, neck, and tonsils
  • Small jaw bone
  • Allergies
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Blocked nasal passages
  • Sinus conditions
  • Deviated septum

Avoiding smoking, losing weight, and not sleeping on the back may help to stop sleep apnea. Dr. Stevens can fit patients with a special device that is used when sleeping to keep the air passages open.