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Brunswick Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine in Somerset, New Jersey, specializes in sleep disorders. Our medical team utilizes the latest medical advances to put you on your way to a healthier, more comfortable life. One common sleep disorder we treat is obstructive sleep apnea.
Before beginning any treatment, we perform a variety of tests to determine a sleep apnea diagnosis. Common symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring and excessive sleepiness during waking hours. Left untreated, sleep apnea could lead to potentially life-threatening medical conditions.
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that disrupts your breathing while you sleep. You may stop breathing numerous times during the night, which means your brain and the rest of your body may not get enough oxygen. Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain fails to signal your muscles to breathe. Obstructive sleep apnea is the more common form, caused by a blockage of your airway, usually when the soft tissue at the back of your throat collapses while you’re relaxed during sleep. Adults, adolescents, and children can all be affected by sleep apnea.
Untreated sleep apnea may cause poor performance during waking hours, which can lead to underachievement at work and school. Daytime sleepiness can also lead to motor vehicle crashes and other dangerous situations. Other risks to your health include:
Other conditions that may be worsened by sleep apnea include depression, headaches, adult asthma, acid reflux, and ADHD. Many medical conditions may improve with sleep apnea treatment.
Our health care team takes your history and performs an exam to begin a sleep apnea diagnosis. We may discuss spending a night in our accredited upscale sleep center for testing. We evaluate eye movement, muscle activity, respiratory effort, heart rate, airflow, and blood oxygen levels through leads attached to your body. Once we determine whether you have a sleep disorder and how severe it is, we discuss potential treatment. The most common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is a continuous positive airway pressure device or CPAP.
Brunswick Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine is a full-service sleep center accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and led by Dr. Lawrence Davanzo, a fellow in the American Academy of Sleep Medicine with 18 years’ experience.
No matter how severe your sleep apnea or other sleep disorder, we’re prepared to provide the personalized care you need to effectively treat your condition. We believe treating the whole person, not just the symptoms, through a multidisciplinary, holistic approach to patient care. Contact us at 732-246-3066 or visit us at our Somerset or West Orange, New Jersey, locations to begin your sleep apnea diagnosis today.