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 Photos (left) courtesy of Inspire Medical Systems, Inc.
Sleep apnea is a condition where breathing stops and starts while you sleep. The most common type, obstructive sleep apnea, occurs when your upper airway becomes blocked during sleep. The obstruction can be caused by either
a physical or medical condition.
Don’t suffer
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH), the signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea may include:
• Reduced or absent breathing
• Frequent loud snoring
• Gasping for air during sleep
• Excessive daytime sleepiness or fatigue
• Decreases in attention, concentration,
motor skills, and memory
• Dry mouth or headaches when waking
• Sexual dysfunction or decreased libido
• Waking up often during the night to
During sleep, your throat muscles and jaw relax. Large tonsils, tongue, soft palate, or excess fat in your neck can then cause your airway to close. As your body struggles to take in air, you can be jolted awake as you gasp for air.
This lack of oxygen and interruption of sleep is both bothersome and unhealthy. Fortunately, there are treatments and procedures that can offer you relief.
Alcohol, smoking, and obesity can increase your risk for sleep apnea. Maintaining a healthy weight and leading a healthy lifestyle can decrease your risk.
Diagnosing sleep apnea starts with a discussion with your doctor. Your provider will collect your symptoms and assess your physical condition. If sleep apnea is suspected, your provider may decide to
  How is sleep apnea diagnosed and treated?
By Steven Szeles, Bronson Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery Specialists
Bronson offers many forms of treatment, including Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation

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