Sleep Apnea – Treatable after Correct Diagnosis

Board-certified in sleep medicine and internal medicine, Dr. John Krehlik provides comprehensive diagnoses and treatment of sleep disorders. Dr. John Krehlik has earned a reputation as Alaska’s top sleep physician, with expert knowledge of sleep apnea. A treatable condition, sleep apnea occurs when breathing involuntarily ceases during sleep.

Individuals with sleep apnea may stop breathing hundreds of times per night, with each instance lasting one minute or more. Without proper treatment, sleep apnea can result in serious conditions such as high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and heart disease. Often, individuals with sleep apnea snore loudly during sleep and experience persistent sleepiness throughout the day. Other symptoms include waking up out of breath in the middle of the night or waking up with a dry mouth or headache in the morning. However, since patients’ symptoms vary, consulting a sleep specialist is critical to obtaining a correct diagnosis.

After diagnosis, a sleep specialist can recommend effective treatment options for individuals with sleep apnea. Positive airway pressure machines with breathing masks are one of the most common sleep apnea treatments, but other options include oral appliances and upper airway stimulation therapy.

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