Sleep Apnea in Los Angeles, CA

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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 is an experienced sleep apnea doctor and 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 sleep apnea treatment options, including a sleep apnea appliance like 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.

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:

Your weight
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.

Broken nose sleep apnea

An injury to the nose causing a break or fracture in the nasal septum, or the bone that divides the nostrils, can affect your nasal passageways leading to sleep apnea.

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.

Sleep Apnea FAQ

How common is sleep apnea?

According to research published on obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), as many as 9% of adults are affected by sleep apnea. However, it did mention that many cases of sleep apnea go undiagnosed, possibly increasing the total number of sleep apnea sufferers.

What are the risk factors for sleep apnea?

The most common risks for developing sleep apnea include:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • The physical structure of the nasal passageways, mouth, tongue, and throat
  • Having broken your nose
  • Alcohol and cigarette use
  • Genetics (family history)
  • Back sleeping
  • Nasal congestion

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.

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:

  • Hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Depression
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes

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.

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 and experienced snoring doctor, Dr. Ishaaya, today. We can help you find solutions to meet your needs on a personalized level.

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