Concerns About Your Sleep
Sleep is the time for the body and mind to rest. However, changes in sleeping habits or patterns due to sleep disorders such as snoring and sleep apnea can negatively affect health. Disturbances in sleep can lead to fatigue during the day and more serious health conditions.
If you or someone you care for is experiencing signs of a sleep disorder, it’s important to speak to a doctor about it. Please contact our North Sioux City office at (605) 217-4327 to schedule an appointment.
Sleep apnea is a disorder defined by one or more pauses in breathing during sleep. Breathing typically resumes and may be accompanied by choking or gasping. This is a common disorder that can affect any age group, but adult men are more likely than women to have sleep apnea. However, most people who have it do not know because it occurs during sleep.
When breathing is partially obstructed in some way, snoring is the harsh sound that is created during sleep. It is a common condition that can affect any age group and could possibly be a sign of a more serious condition that’s causing it such as sleep apnea.
The Pillar procedure is a minimally invasive surgery intended to treat patients with snoring and/or mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. The procedure is usually performed in a doctor’s office under local anesthesia.
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a treatment for breathing problems such as sleep apnea. It uses mild air pressure to keep the airways open. It is also used to treat infants with underdeveloped lungs. CPAP has been useful for sleep apnea patients because it can prevent the airway from collapsing or becoming blocked.