TruDoc Medical LLC
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine & Sleep Medicine located in Clifton, NJ & Denville, NJ
If you have sleep apnea, you may quit breathing 30 plus times an hour. Untreated, that lack of air can quickly add up to pose a risk to your health. TruDoc Medical LLC in Clifton, New Jersey, has the best sleep apnea professionals and a state-of-the-art lab. Triple board-certified Bassel Noumi, MD, and the team even offer home sleep studies to make your diagnosis as convenient as possible. Book your appointment by phone or through online scheduling now.
Sleep Apnea Q & A
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder in which you stop breathing many times throughout the night. It's especially common in men but can also affect women. There are two main kinds of sleep apnea:
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
OSA affects about 90% of all people with sleep apnea. This type of sleep apnea occurs when the tissue at the back of your throat collapses briefly as you sleep. This tissue then blocks your windpipe, cutting off your air and startling you awake briefly.
With OSA, you usually repeat that pattern hundreds of times throughout the night.
Central sleep apnea (CSA)
Like OSA, CSA causes many episodes of stop-and-start breathing through the night. But, CSA is a completely different condition with neurological origins. It happens when your brain doesn't relay the right signals to the muscles that regulate breathing.
Both OSA and CSA can have serious symptoms and highly damaging physical effects if undiagnosed and untreated.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
The most common symptoms of sleep apnea are:
- Loud snoring at night
- Restless sleep
- Daytime sleepiness
- Poor concentration
- Headaches in the morning
- Shortness of breath that wakes you up
These symptoms aren't necessarily exclusive to sleep apnea, so it's important to visit TruDoc Medical LLC to get your diagnosis and customized care.
How is sleep apnea diagnosed?
Sleep apnea diagnosis depends on what your symptoms are and your personal preferences. For OSA, many TruDoc Medical LLC patients appreciate the convenience of a home sleep study. That type of test keeps track of your breathing and blood oxygen level as you sleep.
In some cases, you may need additional testing, like pulmonary function testing, in the TruDoc Medical LLC office to eliminate other conditions as part of your sleep apnea diagnosis.
For CSA diagnosis, you need a specialized in-lab test, polysomnography. The test evaluates not only your respiration but also your electrical brain activity, heart activity, and other aspects of your bodily activities overnight in a sleep clinic.
What is the treatment for sleep apnea?
Treatment for sleep apnea can vary with the type of disorder and your particular health situation. In general, treatment may include:
- Behavioral changes
- Losing weight if needed
- Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy
- Oral appliances
- Hypoglossal nerve stimulators
With severe cases of sleep apnea, you may need a minimally invasive surgical procedure to remove extra throat area tissue or correct nasal obstructions.
For sleep apnea help, reach out to TruDoc Medical LLC or click the provided booking link now.