Sleep Apnea Specialist

MM Jersey City Breathing Center

Internal Medicine & Pulmonology located in Jersey City, NJ

As many as 22 million Americans struggle with the side effects of sleep apnea. To stop your chronic snoring and reduce your risk for chronic disease, the MM Jersey City Breathing Center physicians offer on-site sleep apnea evaluations. At their three locations in Jersey City, New Jersey, you can expect the highest level of care, whether you need a CPAP machine or a referral for surgery. The dedicated staff customizes your care to meet your health needs and help you breathe easier. Schedule a sleep apnea evaluation by calling the MM Jersey City Breathing Center nearest you.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing periodically while you’re sleeping. This potentially serious disorder not only disrupts your quality of sleep, but it can also increase your risk for chronic heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

There are two types of sleep apnea:

Obstructive sleep apnea

In obstructive sleep apnea, the muscles in the back of your throat relax too much, closing off your airway and making it difficult for you to take in enough air. This lack of oxygen triggers your brain to wake you up, which reopens your airways.

Central sleep apnea

Central sleep apnea is the less common type of sleep disorder that develops when there’s dysfunction in the signals your brain sends to the muscles responsible for breathing. 

This results in your breath stopping for periods of time as you sleep, often leaving you waking up suddenly with shortness of breath.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Many people with sleep apnea don’t realize they have an issue until their loved ones start complaining of loud snoring.

Other common symptoms of sleep apnea that may become more obvious to you over time include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Frequent dry mouth
  • Gasping for air upon waking
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep

As a result of your lack of quality sleep, you may develop issues concentrating or staying focused, or often feel irritable for no apparent reason.

If you often wake up gasping and short of breath or you get complains about your chronic loud snoring, schedule a sleep apnea evaluation at MM Jersey City Breathing Center as soon as possible.

How is sleep apnea diagnosed?

Often, your snoring and related symptoms are enough to identify sleep apnea. However, your MM Jersey City Breathing Center provider may refer you for a sleep study to confirm your condition.

Your provider may recommend an at-home sleep study that monitors your breathing and other functions of your body while you sleep. In some cases, the study can be performed while you sleep at a center and a sleep specialist monitors your body’s activities throughout the night.

How is sleep apnea treated?

A common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) system that delivers oxygen into your airways through a face mask.

You may also benefit from a custom-fit dental appliance that keeps your jaw in proper alignment to prevent obstructions in your airway.

If you have severe sleep apnea that increases your risk for chronic health conditions, you may need surgery to remove excess tissue that obstructs your airways.

Don’t delay an evaluation for persistent snoring. You can schedule an appointment for a sleep apnea consultation by calling the MM Jersey City Breathing Center office nearest you.