More than 25 million adults in the US suffer from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea increases your risk of developing a number of health problems including high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and depression. Before sleep apnea takes its toll on you, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Mueller in Port Orchard, Washington.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes you to stop and start breathing repeatedly. These pauses in your breathing last from a few seconds to a few minutes continuously, or a few times each hour you sleep. When you stop breathing, the oxygen level in your body drops, which causes your brain to do whatever is necessary to get you to start breathing again.
There are three main types of sleep apnea:
Call or make an appointment online if you or your significant other notice the following symptoms:
Sleep apnea is more common in men. Certain health conditions, including excess body weight, narrow airways, and a misaligned jaw, increase your risk of developing sleep apnea.
Dr. Mueller sets you up with a home sleep test which allows you to sleep at home wearing equipment that collects information about how you breathe during sleep. This contraption, which you set up yourself in the comfort of your own home, monitors your heart rate, blood oxygen level, airflow, and breathing patterns looking for indications of a drop in your oxygen level.
If Dr. Mueller determines that you have sleep apnea, your treatment options include:
Your medical insurance often influences which options are available to you. Dr. Mueller helps you wade through the red tape and paperwork.
If sleep apnea is affecting your quality of life, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Mueller in Port Orchard, Washington.