What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea (or pauses in your breathing due to the collapse of the muscles at the back of your throat) is so much more than really loud snoring, as it is caused by an obstructed or narrowed airway. When you have sleep apnea, your body is not getting the oxygen it needs. Not being able to get a good night's sleep can be a challenge when you struggle with sleep apnea. Our board-certified physician in pulmonary, internal, sleep, and geriatric medicine, Dr. Abraham "Avi" Ishaaya, knows this all too well as he has treated sleep disorders for more than 20 years in the Los, Angeles, CA area.
At his private practice at Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers, he can evaluate problematic sleeping and breathing issues through sleep apnea consultations. He also offers comprehensive sleep testing in his state-of-the-art, fully accredited sleep lab. If you do have sleep apnea, Dr. Ishaaya will discuss with you the different treatment options, including positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy, which is the gold standard in the treatment of sleep apnea. We also treat this condition with automatic positive airway pressure (APAP) devices and accessories, which we will customize to your needs. Call today for a consultation.
Sleep Apnea Reviews
"In 2009, my elderly father, was diagnosed by his cardiologist with critical aortic stenosis and was told that there was nothing that could be done. He was further advised that he had weeks to a few months to live and he should get hospice. Thereafter, the head of cardiac surgery at a major university medical center, saw my father, confirmed the initial diagnosis and said surgery was not a viable option. Finally, we went to Dr. Avi Ishaaya who after reviewing my father's medical history said he need time to research possible options. A day later we received a call from Dr. Ishaaya who advised us that there was a new surgical procedure that was minimally invasive that could provide my father with a new aortic valve. My father, because of Dr Ishaaya's strong recommendation, had a successful aortic valve implantation. After my father's heart procedure, Dr. Ishaaya has holistically guided my father's medical care. For example, my father had persistent respiratory issues, including bouts with pneumonia, fluid in the lungs and constant coughing and congestion. Dr. Ishaaya gave my father a home sleep test, which showed that he had very severe sleep apnea. As a result, Dr. Ishaaya prescribed an APAP device to be used at night. Although the APAP device was initially difficult for my father to sleep with, he gradually adapted to it and has seen substantial benefits far beyond achieving increased amounts of restorative sleep. Those benefits include the expansion of his lungs at night and almost the complete elimination of my father's persistent coughing and congestion and he has had no acute episodes of fluid in the lungs nor pneumonia. As a result of Dr. Ishaaya efforts, my father is alive and has a high quality of life. I have found Dr. Ishaaya to be easy to talk with, always responsive and brilliant. Dr. Ishaaya's has great compassion for his patients and his integrity is of the highest order, and I would recommend him accordingly."- R.G. / Yelp / Sep 08, 2013
"A very forward thinking physician in terms of technology and reaching out to the marketplace.. I had a previous diagnosis of sleep apnea done through a conventional visit to a sleep laboratory. Not only is Dr. Ishaaya's home test effective, the equipment provided after the diagnosis is a godsend. It reports to their office via the Internet and I get real time monitoring of how effective my sleep therapy is. The former procedure involved visiting the physician every few months and only then finding out that things were not working. The staff is great, the follow up on the A-Pap equipment is terrific and Dr. Ishaaya is personable and obviously interested in using new technology to facilitate his practice. Also, there are not a lot of physicians Board Certified in three disciplines. Besides all that, they are really nice people."- G.B. / Yelp / Jan 31, 2014
"The one stop sleep apnea shop. Dr. Abraham has a calm demeanor. He addressed our concerns and supplied us with a solution in a knowledgeable and timely manner. The office staff is friendly and answered all of our questions during the office visit and when we called post visit. Very happy with the office."- N.R. / Yelp / Nov 05, 2017
"A very cool doctor. He was the doctor of my patient for the last 13 years and always attentive to all of my patient's needs. As a bonus for knowing Dr. Ishaaya this long, he noticed of my alarming weight gain then i told him i have a problem with snoring now. Voila, he gave a good discount of his famous CPAP machine. Thank you doctor for saving my life."- S.M. / Yelp / Feb 02, 2017
"I had been looking for a good doctor to help me with my weight issues and luckily I found Dr. Ishaaya. I've been going to him for over a year, and since then I have been able to get off my blood pressure medication. He has also helped me with my sleep apnea and hopefully that will be under control soon. He is no-nonsense and even text's me my results, which I love. He also has a wonderful staff - in particular Marina. She is so fun and puts me at ease before I meet with the Dr. If you haven't found a primary DR, or are having weight issues, I would look no further. Dr. Ishaaya is your man!!!"- J.G. / Yelp / Oct 01, 2013
What Are Sleep Apnea Symptoms?
How you take in a breath (through your mouth or nose) can impact the air you take into your body. When there are obstructions to your breathing or airways, your sleep can be compromised. Even though both ways of breathing can result in sleep apnea, there are treatments for both available. Of course, we treat patients with mild-to-moderate symptoms and all levels of severity. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea is one of the areas of medicine that Dr. Ishaaya is specialized in. He will assess:
Obese patients are at a high-risk for sleep apnea, but it does not rule out the condition for patients at a healthy weight. Dr. Ishaaya will take your weight into consideration, but it is not the only factor in diagnosing sleep apnea.
Your disruptive sleep and snoring (chronic and/or loud)
You may wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air or snore so loudly that no one can sleep in the same bed as you. Waking up out of breath can be scary, especially for a child.
Your age and family history
Typically, older patients (especially men) are more likely to be diagnosed with sleep apnea. Also, sleep apnea can also run in your family. It is best to have things checked out when you notice the signs.
You are always sleepy
Children and adults alike can experience daytime sleepiness when they are not resting well because of sleep apnea. You may feel like you want to nap in the afternoon or immediately after returning home from work or school.
Why Do We Treat Sleep Apnea?
Patients with risk factors should be screened and tested for sleep apnea. Insomnia, or chronic sleeplessness, as well as sleep apnea, increase your risk of developing fatal conditions including:
- Heart disease
There are definitely risks to ignoring your symptoms of sleep apnea. Not only will you (and anyone who sleeps in the same room) not get quality sleep, you may have trouble with poor work or school performance.
Assessing Your Sleep Apnea
Dr. Ishaaya provides comprehensive sleep testing either in his state-of-the-art, fully accredited sleep lab or with our award-winning home sleep test device. If you do have sleep apnea, Dr. Ishaaya will discuss your different treatment options. Our staff will explain the test before we provide it to you and will be available to answer any questions you may have. Due to certain medical conditions, in-lab testing may be required. We are committed to your success and health.
Can my child have sleep apnea?
Yes. This is called a pediatric sleep apnea condition. If a child presents symptoms of sleep apnea, it is best to have that checked out as early in his or her life as possible. Over time, the lack of oxygen can interrupt physiological and psychological development. It is better to have it checked out when symptoms present themselves. We customize treatment based on the patient's needs and this goes for young patients, too.
Sleep Apnea FAQ
What happens if sleep apnea is left untreated?
While many people may think it only affects your sleep, sleep apnea can cause a litany of issues if left untreated. These can include severe problems, such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, irregular heartbeats, and heart attacks. For this reason, it's incredibly important to seek out a diagnosis if you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea.
What are the types of sleep apnea?
There are three distinct types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and mixed. As the name implies, obstructive sleep apnea occurs when there is a blockage of the airway. This is also the most common form of sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea, on the other hand, stems from the brain failing to successfully tell the muscles to breathe. Lastly, mixed sleep apnea is a combination of both of these problems.
How is sleep apnea diagnosed?
Typically, sleep apnea is diagnosed through a process known as nocturnal polysomnography. This is a test in which the patient is connected to advanced equipment that monitors their heart, lung, and brain activity, as well as their breathing patterns, arm and leg movements, and blood oxygen levels while they sleep. This information can give us an idea of what exactly might be causing issues during your sleep.
To Your Next Great Night Sleep
Ready to get started on the road to better sleep? Call us or schedule an appointment online with us at Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers in Los Angeles, CA. Don't let the impact of sleep apnea take away your quality of life from the loss of sleep and/or contributing health problems. Have an assessment with Dr. Ishaaya today. We can help you find solutions to meet your needs on a personalized level.
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