Sleep Apnea Specialist

Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders

Sleep Specialist & Ear Nose and Throat Specialist located in Goshen and South Bend, IN

Chronic snoring may be a sign of a serious health condition, such as obstructive sleep apnea, which can affect your health. As experts in sleep medicine, Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders in Goshen and South Bend, Indiana, provides home sleep testing and tailors your treatment to your individual circumstances. Doug Liepert, MD, is among only 200 surgical sleep specialists nationwide and is a double board-certified sleep medicine specialist. For expert help for sleep apnea, call today to schedule a consultation.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common, potentially serious disorder, where your breathing becomes shallow or repeatedly stops and starts while you sleep. Sleep apnea comes in three main types:

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)

OSA is a serious condition caused by relaxed throat muscles. OSA can reduce the amount of oxygen in your blood, forcing your heart to work harder.

Central sleep apnea

This kind of sleep apnea is due to a communication breakdown between your brain and the muscles that regulate breathing. Central sleep apnea may be linked to medical problems, such as an issue with the area of your brain that controls breathing.

Complex sleep apnea syndrome

This condition occurs when you have both central sleep apnea and OSA. It’s also called treatment-emergent central sleep apnea.

How can I tell whether I have sleep apnea?

Contact the team at the Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders to diagnose your condition. They perform a comprehensive physical exam to determine whether you have sleep apnea, and if so, which type. 

They may use a device called a fiberoptic scope to examine your mouth, throat, palate, nose, and neck. This exam helps determine the source of the apnea, such as:

  • Nasal blockage
  • Nasal allergy
  • Infection
  • Enlargement of tonsils and adenoids

Depending on their findings, your Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders provider may recommend sleep testing to diagnose OSA.

How is sleep apnea treated?

The Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders tailors your treatment to your form of sleep apnea. OSA is most often treated with a medical device called continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), which opens your airway by delivering small doses of positive air pressure. 

The amount of pressure is tailored to you based on the results of your sleep study. You take the CPAP device home and wear the mask that comes with it as you sleep. The mask goes over your nose and/or mouth. The team at the Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders works with you to make sure the mask and air pressure are comfortable. 

In other cases, your provider recommends fitting you with a custom-fitted oral device. The device holds your jaw in a forward position to relieve snoring and treat OSA.

If you’re struggling with sleep apnea, rely on the sleep medicine experts at the Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders. Call the office today to book a consultation.