Dr. Huff Has Answers in Kerrville, TX
Dr. Huff realizes that you might have questions regarding sleep apnea — its symptoms, risk factors, and treatments. Some of our patients are interested in learning about how the condition relates to snoring. Regardless of why you’re here, we’ve created this page to educate you about sleep apnea.
If you have a question and can’t find the answer here, you can always contact our office at 830-715-4484. A member of our friendly staff can help, and they can even schedule your consultation with Dr. Huff.
What is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a severe medical condition where a person’s breathing repeatedly stops throughout the night due to an obstruction in the airway. The continuous lack of oxygen disrupts your sleep pattern and results in extreme fatigue, lack of focus, and more.
What causes airway obstruction?
There are numerous ways for an airway obstruction to occur. Factors like obesity and genetics can result in a neck circumference that’s either too large or too small. Other times patients have excess soft tissue in their throats that can easily obstruct while sleeping.
What are the symptoms of OSA?
Daytime and nighttime symptoms vary, but both can be challenging to identify without professional help. If you or a loved one suffers from the symptoms below, we recommend contacting Dr. Huff today.
- Poor concentration
- Early morning headaches
- Feeling drowsy/sleepy during your normal activities
- Excessive daytime fatigue
- Restless sleep
- Pauses in breathing
- Choking or gasping during sleep
- Frequent urination
- Loud, disruptive snoring
What are the consequences of untreated sleep apnea?
Whether you’ve received a diagnosis or not, untreated sleep apnea can be fatal. It can lead to severe conditions including high blood pressure, depression, cardiovascular disease, heart attack. Patients had strokes, fatigue-related car accidents, and an overall decrease in their quality of life.
Can Dr. Huff diagnose my sleep apnea?
Unfortunately, the only way to receive a sleep apnea diagnosis is by visiting your primary care physician or a sleep specialist. However, you can bring your diagnosis to Dr. Huff, and he can create a customized treatment device to help you sleep and breathe better.
What is a sleep study?
A sleep study is an overnight evaluation that helps your primary care physician diagnose your sleep apnea. The sleep study process begins by connecting you to a series of monitors that measure different vital signs while you sleep.
For the best results, you can complete a sleep study in a clinical setting, although, many of Dr. Huff’s patients prefer to conduct their sleep study from the comfort of their own home.
Once complete, your results will be interpreted by the sleep specialist, and they might make a diagnosis for sleep apnea. While they make a diagnosis, you can bring your sleep study results to Dr. Huff, and he can answer any questions you have about it.
What are the available treatments for OSA?
There are several ways to treat sleep apnea — lifestyle changes, CPAP machines, and oral appliances. With your diagnosis in hand, you can return to Dr. Huff’s office. He’ll elaborate on your treatment options and help you choose the most effective solution.