Treating Sleep Apnea in Los Angeles
It’s about more than the snoring. Obstructive sleep apnea, or periods of interrupted breathing during sleep, can cause a host of other health issues, from depression to exhaustion. Sleep apnea can even affect mental acuity and promote the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Recently one article took a survey of the problem and found its dimensions far larger than most people would ever imagine, noting that “About 50% of Americans snore while they’re sleeping. And for millions of people, that snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea.” The causes can be as widespread as the symptoms:
Doctors have identified a set of risk factors associated with sleep apnea. “Major risk factors include being male, being obese, having a history of hypertension and diabetes, and having a family history of sleep apnea,” Lin says.
Treatment for sleep apnea can take a number of forms, from weight loss measures to breathing devices to surgery. The way to pursue a successful course of treatment is to learn your options first: speak with an ENT, get evaluated, and learn the pros and cons of procedures such as septoplasty and turbinate reduction.
For more information, visit your Los Angeles sinus surgeon to schedule a consultation today.