What Is Sleep Apnea, And How Do You Know If You Suffer From It?

If New York is known as “the city that never sleeps”, San Francisco might be known as “the city with a healthy lifestyle”. One of the features of a healthy lifestyle is getting a good night’s sleep, but if you suffer from  sleep apnea that will affect the quality of your sleep.

Sleep Apnea Surgery in San Francisco, California.

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How do you know if you suffer from it and what are the symptoms?

To start with, does your partner complain that you snore loudly? Do you have a family history of snoring. Do you feel tired during the day? Do you lack concentration at work? All of these things can be indications of San Francisco sleep apnea.

Snoring is more common in men than women, and they are, therefore, more likely to be affected. If you are over 40 and/or overweight these are also indicators. A large neck size (over 17 inches in men and 16 inches in women) may also be a factor. In addition, if you have large tonsils, a large tongue, a small jawbone, or suffer from nasal obstruction, you may be more at risk. Furthermore, sleep apnea can affect anyone at any age – even children.

Sufferers Stop Breathing During Sleep – In Some Cases Hundreds Of Times

Sleep apnea causes sufferers to stop breathing repeatedly while they are sleeping – in some cases hundreds of times – which, in turn, leads to them getting insufficient oxygen to the brain and the rest of the body. It follows that you may feel tired during the day, unable to concentrate, suffer from headaches, and could be at risk of motor vehicle accidents, or accidents operating machinery.

Dr Rabinovich is considered to be one of the best surgeons for San Francisco sleep apnea sufferers. The procedure can often be an outpatient procedure and may involve orthognathic surgery to reposition the jawbone. If you think that you may be suffering from sleep apnea the first thing to do is to make an appointment to see Dr Rabinovich as he will be able to evaluate your situation by taking x-rays, conducting an oral examination and discussing the issues that you are experiencing. This initial appointment is entirely free of charge, but will enable you to understand more about your condition and what can be done to resolve it.

Click on the Contact Us link at the top of this page, email us at info@oralsurgery-sf.com, or call the office on (415) 817-9991 to make an appointment.