Getting an uninterrupted, restorative sleep is important for the well-being of your mind and body. Obstructive sleep apnea is a common disorder that causes your airway to collapse or become blocked during sleep, and where breathing pauses for a few seconds or longer. Normal breathing starts again with a snort, choking sound or gasping for breath.
If you have obstructive sleep apnea, your sleep is usually interrupted many times during the night. Left untreated, other more serious medical problems may develop such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or stroke.
At North Jersey Pulmonary Associates, Dr. Nader Mahmood may use several different techniques to diagnose sleep apnea. A sleep study is usually the main diagnostic technique, where your airflow, blood oxygen levels, breathing patterns, and heart rate are all closely monitored.
If we determine that you suffer from sleep apnea, treatment will depend on the severity of your symptoms and how it's affecting your life. For most patients, Dr. Mahmood may prescribe either an Automatic Positive Airway Pressure (APAP) or a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine which work to keep your airways open while you sleep. He may also recommend lifestyle changes such as weight loss if needed, drinking less alcohol and sleeping on your side — all of which can improve the condition.
With three convenient locations in Paterson, Secaucus, and Totowa, NJ, Dr. Mahmood and his staff are dedicated to effectively treating your obstructive sleep apnea to restore better health and lessen the risk of complications. Use online booking now, or call the office to schedule an appointment.