Many things can contribute to snoring and sleep apnea, and each patient’s circumstances are unique. That’s why the Krueger Sleep & Sinus Clinic offers a range of minimally invasive treatments. Dr. Krueger is committed to working with each patient to choose the treatment options that best meet their needs.
Our mission is to educate our patients about all of the available options, their costs, benefits and success rates before developing a treatment plan. Once a treatment plan is established, many patients are treated the same day—often in less than 20 minutes.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
When loud snoring is interrupted by episodes of obstructed breathing, it is known as obstructive sleep apnea. Serious episodes last more than 10 seconds each and occur more than 5 times per hour. These episodes can reduce blood oxygen levels, causing the heart to pump harder.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Signs that you or your partner may suffer from obstructive sleep apnea include:
- Loud snoring
- Observed episodes of stopping and starting breathing during sleep
- Excessive sleepiness
- Awakening due to shortness of breath
- High blood pressure
- Awakening with sore throat or dry mouth
There is strong evidence that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) increases one’s risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack and other diseases.
Effects on Sleep
The immediate effect of sleep apnea is that the snorer must sleep lightly and can never reach fully restful sleep. As a result, he may be sleepy during the day, which can impair job performance and make him a hazardous driver or equipment operator. After many years with this disorder, elevated blood pressure and heart enlargement may occur.
When to Consult a Doctor
Snoring can be a sign of serious health problems. If you experience any of the symptoms, you should consult your primary physician or contact the board-certified ENT at The Snoring Center.
- Snoring that disturbs your sleep or others
- Pauses in your breathing during sleep
- Awakening with shortness of breath
- Excessive, uncontrollable daytime drowsiness
Treatments for Snoring & Sleep Apnea
If properly diagnosed, most sleep disorders can be treated effectively. Your sleep disorder diagnosis starts with a complete medical history and a targeted physical exam. We also use questionnaires to further identify your symptoms get a better sense of your sleep history.During the diagnostic process Dr. Krueger may determine that other tests are necessary to accurately identify your sleep disorder and determine what treatment will effectively treat your condition. These tests may include:
- Actigraphy – The patient wears an Actigraph for several days to weeks to get a measurement of your sleep schedule. An Actigraph is a small device worn on your wrist like a watch.
- Sleep Study – A sleep study, or polysomnogram, is conducted in a sleep lab where you are monitored throughout the night by a trained sleep technician. During the study your sleep stages are recorded through the monitoring your brain waves, heart rate, eye movements, breathing, and oxygen saturation.
- Multiple sleep latency test – Also referred to as a “nap test,” this test is performed during the day following a sleep study. This test measures the elapsed time from the beginning of a daytime nap to the beginnings of sleep.
Treatment breaks down into two categories. Appliances and procedures. Appliances include CPAP, dental appliances and sleep positioning devices. Procedures run the gamut of nasal surgery, soft palate procedures and procedures designed to improve the airway at the level of the tongue base. No one can provide you with more options than Krueger Sleep and Sinus Clinic.