If you can’t breathe, you can’t sleep. And if you can’t sleep, you will have a very difficult time functioning during the day. It stands to reason, then, that the ability to breathe easily is one of the most important factors necessary for you to function. And at Columbus Otolaryngology Clinic, our caregivers do whatever it takes to help you breathe better, both during the day and at night.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that occurs when your breathing repeatedly starts and stops during sleep. Two of the main symptoms of sleep apnea are snoring and feeling constantly drowsy during the day, even after a full night’s sleep.
There are three main types of sleep apnea:
The caregivers at Columbus Otolaryngology Clinic perform a thorough examination of patients who may be experiencing breathing problems while they sleep. If necessary, we will order a sleep study for you at Columbus Community Hospital, during which you will spend the night at the hospital while staff members monitor your breathing and heart rates.
Treatments for sleep apnea can include continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or surgery to help relieve the blockages in your lungs. Your doctor will work with you to determine the right solution.
We also offer an alternative to CPAP called Inspire, which is a small device placed during an outpatient surgical procedure. You simply click a small remote to turn the device on, and it opens your airway while you sleep.
For more information about sleep apnea treatment at Columbus Otolaryngology Clinic, or to schedule an appointment, call our office at 402-562-4720.