Sleep Apnea Doctor Questions and Answers
Do you have or think you may have sleep apnea? You should see a sleep apnea doctor about it. Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders can help you prepare for your visit with a doctor in El Paso, TX. We serve patients from Fort Bliss TX, Canutillo TX, Vinton TX and Northeast El Paso TX.
If your sleep partner has been pointing out that your breathing stops and starts while you sleep, or if you wake up repeatedly throughout the night, then you may have sleep apnea. You might already know you have it and that you should see a sleep apnea doctor about it. You can see one here at Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders. We’d like to help you prepare for your visit with us so you know what to expect, so here is our sleep apnea and sleep apnea doctor Q & A!
What are the warning signs of sleep apnea?
With sleep apnea, when a person sleeps, their breathing stops and starts repeatedly. This is the main warning sign of sleep apnea, but often the person doesn’t realize it’s happening unless a sleep partner points it out. There are other warning signs, though, such as:
- Recurring awakenings at night
- Waking up during sleep and feeling like you’re choking or gasping
- Waking up in the morning tired despite having slept seemingly well
- Weight gain or an inability to lose weight
- Diabetes or high blood pressure
- Loud snoring or restlessness during sleep
- Nose or mouth breathing difficulty
- Short term memory problems, mood changes, depression, severe anxiety, temperamental behavior, or ADD/ADHD
- Acid reflux
- A decreased sex drive
What should I do if I have the signs of sleep apnea?
You should seek the help of a professional if you’re experiencing the issues we mentioned above. Be sure to tell the professional about any of those issues you’re experiencing. The issues could be indicative of sleep apnea which can lead to serious complications.
What kind of doctor can address sleep apnea?
It really is important to address sleep apnea, as it can lead to behavioral disorders in children and serious or even fatal health problems in adults, like heart disease, stroke, or diabetes.
To address sleep apnea, you can go see a sleep apnea doctor. This professional is especially qualified to help you, identify the cause of your sleep apnea, and provide a lasting solution for you. If your sleep apnea is caused by a weight issue, a TMJ disorder, or any other issue, the professional will be able to help.
What do I do if I have sleep apnea?
In some cases, sleep apnea is chronic which means it isn’t necessarily curable, but symptoms can be relieved greatly. In other cases, the condition itself can be relieved. Regardless, you’ll be able to get the support you’ll need from us at Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders. We can provide continual support if necessary.
Losing weight might be a significant part of your treatment plan. Also, although many doctors use CPAP therapy to treat sleep apnea, and it can work for many patients, it won’t work for all patients, and often oral appliance therapy is the better treatment.
How is sleep apnea treated?
CPAP therapy can work for many patients, but oral appliance therapy is much simpler, easier, and more comfortable for many patients. The therapy entails the use of a simple mouthpiece that can prevent the conditions that cause sleep apnea in the first place. It might be the perfect treatment for you and all you need to treat your sleep apnea!
Oral appliance therapy is approved by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and offered by our sleep apnea doctors at Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders. Be sure to ask us about the therapy when you come visit us!
How can I see a sleep apnea doctor?
You can see one here at Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders. Our clinic has multiple locations in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin, so please see our Locations page for our locations’ addresses and contact information. Go ahead and contact us at the location nearest you or call our head office at (855) 977-0400 if you’d like more information about sleep apnea or to book a consultation with one of our sleep apnea doctors!
We look forward to hearing from you!