Do you find yourself tired during the day, even when you have gotten sufficient sleep? Do you snore while you sleep? You may need a sleeping partner to check that for you. But if you do suspect that you have a problem, you should call us to schedule our sleeping disorder consultation in Torrance. Let Dr. Grin determine if you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, and offer you an appropriate treatment option if you do.
What exactly is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? It’s a condition in which your breathing becomes shallow while you’re asleep, possibly stopping entirely. This can occur many times during the night, even hundreds. If left unaddressed, it can lead to complications, including heart problems. Our sleeping disorder consultation in Torrance will find out definitively if you have OSA. Fortunately, there are several options available.
One of the most popular choices is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). This is a machine that keeps your airway open while you sleep. It is typically recommended for severe cases of OSA after being diagnosed by our sleeping disorder consultation in Torrance. Here’s how it works: you wear a face mask at bedtime and it is attached to a machine that provides pressurized air to the mask, which keeps your airway open. It’s very effective, but doesn’t work for everyone. Also, some people do find it uncomfortable or have an intolerance for it. Other methods, include variable positive airway pressure (VPAP), or automatic positive airway pressure (APAP).
An oral appliance, known as an EMA device, is an excellent alternative for those who have difficulties with CPAP. It generally provides very impressive results. It works by advancing the lower jaw and moving the base of the tongue forward. This has the effect of keeping your airway open. Most patients find it is comfortable to use, and unlike CPAP and other methods, it travels well. If all else fails, there are also surgical options for OSA, but in many cases that is fortunately unnecessary. Get the ball rolling with our sleeping disorder consultation in Torrance. You’ll be able to rest easier at night.