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What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or shallow breathing during sleep. Typically, an individual with sleep apnea is unaware they have it. It is usually recognized when someone else witnesses the event while the other person is sleeping.

Symptoms of sleep apnea can be headaches, snoring, daytime sleepiness and fatigue.

If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to serious consequences such as irregular heart beats and artery blockage that could lead to sudden heart attacks. In fact, 50% of people who have Obstuctive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and are untreated will suffer a heart attack or stroke.

Think you or someone you love may have sleep apnea? An evaluation with Dr. Gergits is a good place to start. After being evaluated, Dr. Gergits will recommend a detailed treatment plan. This may involve a sleep study. If this study is positive for sleep apnea, specific therapy for the degree of OSA will be initiated.