Wait, is that true? Is there really a cure for sleep apnea? Let’s first start with a symptom of the condition.
Snoring is the worst. Either it keeps somebody else awake or it wakes up the snorer because it’s so intense. It sounds like a freight train or some growling monster. But many of us are or know someone who is a snorer. With that in mind, it’s safe to say that it’s a harmless, common issue, right?
It is common, but it’s not harmless. As a matter of fact, snoring is actually a sign of sleep apnea, a condition where someone stops breathing numerous times in the middle of the night. This prevents them from getting a full night’s rest every night, leading down a road of other health complications.
The Dangers of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea has the potential to be deadly. It’s known to lead to issues like fatigue during the day, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even heart disease. That’s not something you want to toy with. So, is there a cure for sleep apnea?
One of the major solutions is a CPAP machine, which is a hose and mask device that opens up the airways and keeps the person breathing without cease. CPAP machines have a high success rate, but there are many who can’t use them due to the mask and hose.
The Newest Sleep Apnea Treatment
There’s another solution. It’s called Inspire and it’s the newest innovation in sleep technology. Much like the CPAP machine, Inspire is a means to open up the airways and allow for a better flow of oxygen. But this isn’t a hose and mask. It’s a small device that is surgically placed inside the body near the throat. Think of it as a pacemaker, but for sleep.
The good news is that the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute is equipped with the staff and the technology for Inspire. Watch the video below to learn about Inspire from our very own, Dr. Alvarez:
So, what’s the first step? If you haven’t been properly diagnosed with sleep apnea but you suspect that you or a loved one might have it, come in for a sleep study. It’s not like the in-office sleep studies at the hospitals. It can actually be done in the comfort of your own home. Watch this video to learn more about our comfortable sleep study:
To schedule a same-day or Saturday appointment, call 770-740-1860 or fill out the form at the top.