The word Apnea comes from the Greek word “pnuemos” which means “breath”. In sleep apnea, breathing is irregular, shallow, or absent. Snoring is a common symptom of decreased air flow due to narrowing of the airway and creating turbulence which produces vibration of the throat tissue. By definition, snoring is abnormal breathing as no one snores when they are awake. Over the years, it has been shown that sleep apnea, if left untreated, can be a risk factor for development of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. It can disturb the sleep process that is involved with memory and concentration as well as effecting mood. It is a very common condition that may be present in one of every four adults. It occurs in all age groups affecting young and old, big and small, male and female. Even healthy and fit athletes can have sleep apnea. It’s easy to diagnose and easy to treat without the need for medication or surgery. Most people notice a definite difference in the quality of their lives once they have had the sleep apnea treated. The Sleep Medicine Center has extensive experience with all forms of sleep apnea, having treated over 10,000 patients since 1995. Our staff is well trained to help you with all of your questions and needs. If you have questions regarding sleep apnea, feel free to call and talk with one of our certified staff members.
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