What is Sleep Apnea?

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Do you feel tired throughout the day? Do you wake up countless times in the middle of the night unable to breathe? Do you snore? If so, you may be one of the many Americans suffering from sleep apnea. This sleep disorder causes someone to stop breathing throughout a night of sleep. These cessations in breathing can happens hundreds of time, which causes the fatigue felt by some patients. Dr. Christina M. McAlpin is well versed in treating sleep apnea patients with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), a sleep apnea machine helping to keep airways open without obstruction.

What is CPAP Treatment?

Without proper treatment, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease or even stroke. Daytime fatigue is associated with sleep apnea and can lead to accidents. No matter what type of sleep apnea the patient has, a CPAP machine from Dr. McAlpin can help relieve some sleep apnea symptoms in her patients. Sleep apnea is usually diagnosed with a sleep study and the results of this study will show the abnormal activity occurring during the patient’s sleep. This diagnosis is necessary when prescribing sleep apnea treatment.

CPAP treatment with a sleep apnea machine has been proven to be successful in a variety of patients and Dr. McAlpin believes it is the most effective treatment he can offer his patients. The CPAP machine uses a mask or a nosepiece to supply the patient with constant air. It helps keep the airways open throughout one’s sleep. Masks comes in a variety of sizes and styles to fit each patient.

If you’re having problems adjusting the fit of your CPAP or want to learn more about what CPAP machine treatment can do for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. McAlpin today by calling her Los Angeles, LA office today!