Here at the office of Dr. Daryl Yorek, our sleep apnea treatment in Tacoma is one of our most important services. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that affects many people today, and can often go undiagnosed for long periods of time because of a lack of awareness. Sleep apnea is a condition in which your sleep is interrupted for certain periods of time because you stop breathing. These episodes or interruptions can occur as many times as twenty to thirty times per hour for patients with sleep apnea. When you stop breathing during your sleep, the lack of oxygen alerts your brain to wake you up and restore your regular breathing pattern. The moments where you wake up because of the sleep apnea are so short that you usually are unaware that it is happening and you usually do not remember those moments where you were woken up the next day. You may notice, however, that you are especially drowsy and irritable in the morning. You might also experience headaches when you wake up, or find yourself falling asleep during the day uncontrollably. Some patients might notice symptoms during the night, like loud snoring, waking up short of breath, and snorting or choking during the night. Sleep apnea occurs more often in males than females, and it most often occurs in males over the age of forty. If sleep apnea is not treated, it can lead to serious complications, such as high blood pressure, increased risk of heart failure, and increased risk of stroke. The drowsiness associated with sleep apnea can also be dangerous while driving or performing similar tasks.
If you think you might have sleep apnea, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Yorek for sleep apnea treatment in Tacoma. We will first recommend a sleep study, as this is the only way to confirm a diagnosis of sleep apnea. Once a diagnosis has been confirmed, we can then work with you to determine the treatment method that is best suited for your individual needs and that will give you the most relief. If you would like to learn more, be sure to visit Dr. Yorek’s main website for additional information, and to call the staff here at the office if you have any specific questions or concerns. Dr. Yorek and the rest of our staff look forward to working with you.