Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are sleep related breathing disorders?

    Below are some common sleep related breathing disorders or disorders that can be treated by treating breathing disorders.

    → Snoring

    Snoring is the annoying sound that a lot of people make while sleeping. It is caused by air moving into and out of our lungs as it passes through a narrowed portion of the throat.

    Our airway can become narrowed due to weight gain, loss of throat muscle tone, and loss of the elasticity of the soft tissues of the throat.

    Snoring is annoying, but it may be the warning that there are more important issues to be treated.

    → Sleep Apnea

    Sleep apnea is an obstruction in the airway during sleep causing the person to stop breathing and have to gasp for air. This usually happens without the person waking up. In a person with mild to severe apnea this will happen hundreds of times a night.

    → Hypopnea

    The word ‘Apnea’ is a derivative of two Greek words meaning ‘without’ and ‘breath.’ Hypopnea, though, means ‘shallow breathing.’ It can be considered a less severe form of apnea but can eventually lead to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). It, however, can also cause long term damage to your health.

    → Grinding (Bruxism)

    It is a medical term to describe the grinding of teeth which usually happens unconsciously. Often, bruxism happens while sleeping and is thus a sleep disorder. Those who clench and grind at night are more likely to have other disorders like snoring and pauses in breathing during sleep which could be hypopnea or sleep apnea.

    → Insomnia

    Simply put, insomnia is defined as having trouble sleeping for over a month. If you feel this applies to you, don’t feel alone. Around 50% of Americans report having difficulties falling asleep at night.

    → Night Terrors

    Night terrors are a type of sleep disorder that causes a person to wake feeling an extreme sense of fear or dread. They often include episodes of a feeling of falling, intense fear, or screaming while asleep. Night terrors are sometimes connected with sleep walking.

    → Restless Leg Syndrome

    It is a neurological disorder that involves a creeping, throbbing in the limbs or an intense desire to move the limbs of the body. This feeling can be so intense as to severely interrupt sleep.

    → Excessive Daytime Sleepiness

    Excessive Daytime Sleepiness is often a symptom of a bigger, underlying problem. It is fairly common for a patient to have obstructive sleep apnea, for example, and for this sleep apnea to cause continuous interruptions to the sleep of that person throughout the night without them being aware of it. When they wake up they feel as if they have had little or no rest at all because, in reality, that is what happened.

  • What kind of treatment is available for sleep related breathing disorders?

    There is a wide range of treatments available for sleep apnea. You can see a few of them in our treatment options section. The best way to find what will work for you is to set up an appointment for consultation.

  • Is treatment for sleep disorders expensive?

    Failure to treat some sleep related breathing disorders can cause a great strain on the body and heart which can eventually lead to a heart attack or stroke. The average price of open heart surgery for a heart attack is around $300,000.00. Compared to that, early diagnosis and treatment of a sleep related breathing disorder like sleep apnea is extremely inexpensive.

    Treatment and diagnostics can vary depending on the severity of the sleep disorder. Many of the treatments available today can be much simpler and therefore much less expensive than you may think. Please give us a call and discuss options directly with our staff.