Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is characterized by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. and occur repeatedly throughout the night.. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), caused by relaxation of soft tissue in the back of the throat that blocks the passage of air. Central sleep apnea (CSA) is caused by irregularities in the brain's normal signals to breathe. Symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring, morning restlessness, morning headaches and irritability. Sleep apnea is more likely in people who are overweight ands occurs much more frequently in men than in women.

Treatment

Most treatments for sleep apnea begin with the patient avoiding alcohol, tobacco and medications that relax the central nervous system such as sedatives and muscle relaxants. Some people are helped by devices that keep them from sleeping on their backs, or oral appliances to keep the airway open during sleep. For more severe cases, doctors often recommend continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), in which a face mask is attached to a tube and a machine that blows pressurized air into the maskto keep the airway patent. Also available are machines that offer variable positive airway pressure (VPAP) and automatic positive airway pressure (APAP). Occasionally surgical removal of excess tissue is performed to allow the airway to remain open.

Prognosis

Sleep apnea can be serious and even become life threatening.. Sleep apnea may increase an individual's tendency for stroke or coronary heart disease.. Although there is no cure for sleep apnea, recent studies show that successful treatment can reduce the risk of these potentially life threatening ailments.

Patient Portal

For Existing patients - you have an opportunity to communicate with the healthcare team by logging into the Patient Portal:
- Send a non-emergent message to your doctor (messages will be checked Monday through Friday)
- Relay questions/concerns to our staff
- Request non-narcotic medication refills

Regional Neurological Associates

4256 Bronx Blvd. Suite 5
Bronx, New York 10466
(718) 515-4347

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