Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea Specialists
Sleep apnea is a common chronic condition that is difficult to diagnose, simply because symptoms occur while you sleep. If you think you might have a sleeping problem, Dr. Payum Abdarbashi and Dr. Dilip Anmangandla of Pacific MD in Woodland Hills and Agoura Hills, California, have many diagnostic tools and successful treatments that will help you get a better night’s sleep.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

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What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes your body to stop breathing while you sleep, sometimes hundreds of times a night. These interruptions stop the flow of oxygen to your body and brain and can cause serious damage if left untreated.

Dr. Abdarbashi and Dr. Anmangandla diagnose sleep apnea under one of two types:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is the more common of the two. OSA is caused by an obstruction in the airway, usually collapsed soft tissue at the back of the throat.
  • Central sleep apnea is not caused by an obstruction, but rather by the respiratory control center of the brain, which fails to send a signal to the muscles to breathe. 

Regardless of type, untreated sleep apnea can cause the following problems: 

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Headaches

Who is at risk for sleep apnea?

While anyone can suffer from sleep apnea, if you fall into one of these categories, you are more prone to the disorder: 

  • Male
  • Overweight
  • Over 40
  • Large necks (over 17 inches in men and 16 inches in women)
  • Anatomical issues, such as large tonsils, large tongue or small jaw
  • Family history
  • Obstructions in the nasal passageways
  • Acid reflux conditions, such as GERD

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

If you suffer from anything of the following, you may also suffer from sleep apnea: 

  • Sore or dry throat upon awakening
  • Snoring
  • Fatigue during the day
  • Waking in the night gasping for air
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Forgetfulness, lowered libido, and moodiness 

It’s important to visit Dr. Abdarbashi and Dr. Anmangandla before you self diagnose.

What is the treatment for sleep apnea?

After conducting several tests, such a sleep apnea test called a polysomnogram, Dr. Abdarbashi and Dr. Anmangandla typically recommend the following treatments, depending on the severity of the condition:

  • Lifestyle changes: Quitting smoking, reducing alcohol, losing weight, changing sleep positions
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP): A mask that delivers air throughout the night
  • Dental devices

Surgery: Correcting a deviated nasal septum, removing large tonsils, removing tissue at the back of the throat

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