An estimated 18 million Americans struggle with sleep apnea and its side effects. Pinnacle Care Internal Medicine in Peoria, Arizona, offers comprehensive diagnostic testing for sleep apnea to improve your quality of sleep. The skilled medical team can provide convenient take-home testing technology to evaluate your sleep patterns and create a customized treatment plan to prevent chronic health issues. If you suspect you have sleep apnea, don’t delay an evaluation. Book an appointment online or by phone today.
Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that causes you to briefly stop breathing while you sleep. The most common type of sleep apnea is known as obstructive sleep apnea, which results when the muscles in the back of your throat relax and block your airways.
Central sleep apnea is less common and caused by dysfunction in the brain. In this type of sleep apnea, your brain fails to properly regulate your breathing during sleep.
If left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can lead to disruption of sleep, low blood oxygen levels, heart disease, and other long-term health complications. In severe cases, sleep apnea can become life-threatening.
The hallmark symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea are chronic, loud snoring and long pauses in your breathing pattern as you sleep. In many cases, you may not even be aware of these issues, but your partner is.
Due to persistent disruption of sleep, you may experience side effects like:
Ongoing sleep apnea can also increase your risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.
The physicians at Pinnacle Care Internal Medicine offer take-home sleep studies that track your breathing and oxygen levels as you sleep. You bring this information back to the office for evaluation.
Your Pinnacle Care Internal Medicine physician reviews this data during your visit to determine which type of sleep apnea you have. A sleep study is also essential for helping your provider create a treatment plan.
Several types of treatments are available for obstructive sleep apnea. One of the most common is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device that delivers oxygen through a face mask that fits over your nose and mouth.
You may also benefit from a referral for a dental appliance that keeps your lower jaw and tongue in a forward position to prevent them from obstructing your airway.
Your Pinnacle Care Internal Medicine provider continues to monitor your quality of sleep, ensuring treatment relieves snoring and helps you breathe more efficiently during sleep.
Schedule a sleep apnea evaluation today using the convenient online booking tool or by calling the office.