Sleep Apnea

Western Mountain Medical Center PC

Primary Care Practice & Internal Medicine located in Henderson, NV & Bullhead City, AZ

If you’re one of the 18 million Americans suffering from sleep apnea, the medical staff at Western Mountain Medical Center PC in Henderson, Nevada, can help. Nabila Aslam, MD, ABIM, and her team can diagnose and treat the different types of sleep apnea, using in-office sleep studies and other innovative testing, to ensure you can achieve good quality sleep every night. Learn more about diagnosing and treating sleep apnea by calling the Henderson office or using the convenient online booking feature.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a chronic sleep disorder where you involuntarily stop breathing for a period of time. There are three main types of sleep apnea:

Obstructive: This type results from an obstruction in your airway, usually caused when the muscles in the throat relax during sleep and interfere with breathing.

Central: This type occurs due to dysfunction in the way your brain signals muscles to assist with breathing.

Mixed: This is a combination of central and obstructive sleep apnea conditions.

The team at Western Mountain Medical Center PC can determine which type of sleep apnea you have during a thorough evaluation of your health and symptoms.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Many people that have sleep apnea don’t know it. It’s only when their partners complain of loud snoring that keeps them awake at night, or episodes when you stop breathing briefly then suddenly gasp for air.

You may also experience physical symptoms associated with sleep apnea, including:

  • Dry mouth
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Frequent headaches

You may also notice you have difficulty falling or staying asleep.

How is sleep apnea diagnosed?

The Western Mountain Medical Center PC medical team can perform a physical examination of your airways and throat, checking for abnormalities that can cause an obstruction.

The team can also recommend a sleep study, where your breathing is carefully monitored as you sleep. They use various tests, including an electrocardiogram and oxygen monitors, to record the activity of your lungs and heart.

What treatments are available for sleep apnea?

Untreated sleep apnea can result in additional medical complications, including cardiovascular disease, and even become life-threatening. The Western Mountain Medical Center PC team can create a custom treatment plan to address your specific needs and early diagnosis is important for effective treatment.

Depending on the cause of your sleep apnea, you may need to use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device to help you breathe during the night. A CPAP machine provides continuous air flow through a face mask you wear during sleep.

Other treatments for sleep apnea may include a dental appliance that moves your lower jaw forward to prevent airway obstruction. If excess tissue or other abnormalities in your throat or airway is causing an obstruction, you may need surgery to correct the problem.

If you suspect you have sleep apnea, don’t delay treatment. Contact the Henderson office by phone or use the online booking feature.