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Could you or someone you love be suffering from Sleep Apnea?

Gulf Medical Services are your Sleep Apnea Experts

As leading experts in the treatment of sleep apnea and a provider of CPAP and BiPAP machines, masks and supplies, Gulf Medical Services wants you to be informed about the dangers of sleep apnea. Our on-staff Sleep Therapists are to help you find the sleep apnea equipment and  care you need. Find information about sleep apnea below and contact us with questions.

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What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common, treatable sleep disorder. It can impact your daily energy, mental performance, and long term health. In some cases, it can even be fatal if left untreated.

When you have sleep apnea, the soft tissue in your airway collapses while you sleep. This can be caused by weak muscles in your airway, a large tongue, obesity, or other reasons. Your breathing can be interrupted hundreds of times per night, which causes you to snore, gasp, or even wake up.

What are the risks of having Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea can results in many risks such as high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, heart disease/heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes, driving and work-related accidents. If sleep apnea is not treated it could ultimately lead to death. 

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Overview and Facts

Sleep apnea, a disruption of breathing while asleep, is a deceiving sleep disorder - 90% of people who have sleep apnea don't know that they have it!  Although episodes of choking or gasping for air might occur hundreds of times throughout the night, you may not have any recollection of struggling for breath.

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What happens when you have an episode of sleep apnea?

When you stop breathing during sleep due to sleep apnea, the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood is upset. This imbalance stimulates the brain to restart the breathing process. The brain signals you to wake up so that the muscles of the tongue and throat can increase the size of the airway. Then, carbon dioxide can escape, and oxygen can enter the airway.

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What are the warning signs and symptoms of sleep apnea?

  • Frequent silences during sleep due to breaks in breathing (apnea)
  • Choking or gasping during sleep to get air into the lungs
  • Loud snoring
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Sleep Apnea Diagnosis- How sleep centers diagnose sleep disorders

If you suspect you may have sleep apnea, contact your doctor. You may need a referral from your doctor to visit a sleep center. If your physician refers you to a sleep center, the latest technology will be used to monitor you while you sleep.

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Sleep Apnea Treatment and Care

CPAP is the most widely recommended treatment for moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea. CPAP entails wearing a mask-like device while you sleep, which provides pressurized air to prevent the airway from collapsing.

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What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that exists, when the airway partially or completely closes during sleep.

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Let Gulf Medial take care of you with its very own Sleep Therapists and be your provider

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