Sleep Apnea Doctor in NJ
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disruptive sleep problem often caused by obesity. At the Weight Loss and Wellness Center, we realize that obesity and its related problems can have a significant effect on your daily wellbeing. It’s our mission and goal to help each and every patient we see to reach their weight loss and wellness goals, including gaining control over OSA. We understand the impact of a restful sleep on your overall health and happiness, and we strive to provide the support you need to manage OSA and other weight-related health conditions through every step of your journey.
What is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common sleep disorder that is linked to obesity. It is characterized by repeated pauses in your breathing during sleep due to obstruction of your airway. These pauses in breathing can have serious health consequences, lower your sleep quality, and have a significant impact on your overall health and quality of life. Often, excessive fat in the neck area can reduce the size of your airway, leading to OSA.
Our weight loss and OSA specialists at the Weight Loss and Wellness Center in New Jersey offer support and personalized treatment plans for patients who are suffering from obesity. We recognize that obesity is a disease and offer you the guidance you need to treat your condition as well as other related health problems like OSA.
What causes OSA?
The most common reason adults develop sleep apnea is due to excess weight or obesity. When a person carries excess weight in the neck area, the soft tissues of the mouth and throat can cause a blockage in the airway while sleeping. There are many factors in addition to excess weight and obesity that are associated with OSA, which include:
- Hereditary factors (e.g.: neck shape, throat size)
- Deviated septum
- Abnormal growths
What are the symptoms of OSA?
It’s important to visit a physician who has years of experience dealing with OSA and obesity for successful treatment and management of your sleep apnea. Consult one of our experts at the Weight Loss and Wellness Center in New Jersey if you are suffering from any of the below symptoms of sleep apnea:
- Loud snoring, which may disturb a bed partner
- Dry mouth
- Sore throat
- Night sweating
- Decreased libido
- Daytime loss of focus
- Mood swings
- Morning headaches
- Daytime sleepiness
How is OSA diagnosed?
OSA should be diagnosed by a specialist who has experience detecting the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea. Your doctor will likely conduct a physical examination of your throat and neck to check for abnormalities or excessive tissue. In addition, your doctor might check for signs of obesity, the most common cause of sleep apnea. Signs that you suffer from obesity include an increase in your blood pressure, BMI of greater than 30, and other factors that your physician will discuss with you.
In some cases, your doctor may refer you to a sleep specialist to conduct a sleep study or supply you with an at home sleep apnea test. With either of these tests, you’ll be asked to attach equipment to your body that can measure your body functions while you sleep normally. The test might restrict your movement during sleep, but should cause no discomfort.
At the Weight Loss and Wellness Center, our physicians have years of experience diagnosing sleep apnea and other weight-related health issues. We can help you determine whether you are suffering from OSA and guide you through your treatment process.
What is the best obstructive sleep apnea treatment?
At the Weight Loss and Wellness Center, a sleep apnea specialist can treat your OSA using a wide variety of tools, including treating underlying weight issues and obesity, which are often the root cause of OSA. Our team takes time to create a personalized treatment plan that addresses all of your concerns and helps you get back to a full, restful night’s sleep. Your treatment plan might include one or more of the following non-surgical and surgical weight loss treatments in addition to using a CPAP machine or oral sleep appliance for OSA:
Weight loss support groups
Weight loss medication
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
Revision bariatric surgery