What is Sleep Apnea?

Caucasian man sleeping

Causes:

A sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep. This means the brain-and the rest of the body-may not get enough oxygen.

Risks:

  1. High blood pressure
  2. Stroke
  3. Heart failure, irregular heart beats, and heart attacks
  4. Diabetes
  5. Depression
  6. Worsening of ADHD
  7. Headaches

What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

You might be at risk is you are/suffer from the items listed below

Male

Older than 40

Nasal obstruction due to allergies or sinus issues

Insomnia: Difficulties Staying Asleep

Overweight

Have a large tongue or tonsils

Loud snoring

Family history of sleep apnea

Morning headaches

Large neck size > 17 inches

Awaken with dry mouth and/or throat

Hypersomnia: Excessive daytime sleepiness

If you have many of these symptoms, or have already been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, or already have CPAP, you may be approved for an oral sleep appliance.

Take the online Sleep Exam here

or

Call (805)963-0663 to make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Walseth

Phone:

805-963-0663

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Fri: 8am to 12pm

Address:

23 West Micheltorena St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101