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Sleep Apnea Specialist

ENT Specialists of Alaska

Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists & Facial Plastic Surgery located in Anchorage, AK & Wasilla, AK

More than 18 million Americans, or about one in five adults, experience sleep apnea. Though common, without early intervention and treatment, sleep apnea increases the risk of more serious health problems. At ENT Specialists of Alaska, the team specializes in the treatment of sleep apnea. To make an appointment, click the online booking tool, contact the office in Wasilla or Eagle River, Alaska, or reach out to one of the partner clinics, including Geneva Woods Ear, Nose & Throat Associates, and Alyeska Center for Facial Plastic Surgery & ENT, in Anchorage, Alaska.

Sleep Apnea Q&A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a chronic disorder that causes you to stop breathing multiple times throughout the night. There are several types of sleep apnea, but all increase the risk of more serious health problems, including heart disease.

If you regularly wake up with a headache, have trouble focusing at work, or often feel tired, make an appointment with the team at ENT Specialists of Alaska.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Waking up with a dry mouth
  • Morning headaches
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty paying attention

If you have sleep apnea, your spouse or significant other might also notice that you stop breathing during sleep.

How is sleep apnea diagnosed?

To diagnose sleep apnea, the team at ENT Specialists of Alaska conducts a sleep study. A sleep study is an overnight screening procedure conducted on-site at the clinic or in a hospital. Prior to the study, your provider attaches several electrodes to your head, limbs, and chest. The electrodes monitor your breathing and heart rate during sleep.

After applying the electrodes, you’re left to fall asleep. The electrodes collect data throughout the night that your provider analyzes at a later date. Your provider then uses that information to determine if you have sleep apnea.

How is sleep apnea treated?

Treatment of sleep apnea depends on the severity of your symptoms and medical history. Depending on your needs, the team might recommend Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), a custom oral appliance, or surgery.

The team at ENT Specialists of Alaska also offers sleep apnea treatment with Inspire Therapy. Inspire Therapy is an implantable CPAP device. Once placed, the device delivers mild stimulation to muscles within your airways, keeping them open while you sleep. 

Before going to bed at night, you turn the device on with a handheld remote. Unlike traditional CPAP, there's no mask, hose, or noisy machine. That allows you to get a restful, rejuvenating night’s sleep.

Does Inspire Therapy require an operation?

Yes. Inspire Therapy requires a quick, outpatient procedure that typically takes less than an hour. During the operation, your provider makes three small incisions and inserts the device beneath your skin. Your provider prescribes pain medication to relieve any discomfort while you recover.

To learn more about the treatment options for sleep apnea, make an appointment at ENT Specialists of Alaska by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.