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Symptoms
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Understanding basic Sleep physiology
How is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?
Treatments for Sleep Apnea

What Is Obstuctive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS)?

Simply put, your airway collapses due to muscle relaxation during sleep, which causes airway obstruction. A brain arousal restores your airway. If this happens a few times per night, it is not a problem. However, patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea will have obstructions in their airway hundreds of times per night. This leads to sleep fragmentation and deprivation and a host of long-term cardiovascular complications.

 

REM-Related OSAS

Muscle paralysis and irregular breathing make REM sleep a more dangerous sleep stage when it comes to Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Certainly, most patients who suffer from OSAS have recurring upper airway obstruction in all sleep stages. In these patients, the obstructions are typically longer and more severe during REM sleep, resulting in even more severe oxygen desaturation. This is known as REM-related OSAS.

Positional Sleep Apnea

Positional Sleep Apnea occurs when the airway obstructions occurs while sleeping on the back. Most people change positions many times during sleep. Therefore, even though the disease only occurs while the patient sleeps on their back, enough sleep time is spent supine that the patient can suffer from both the short and long-term health consequences of Sleep Apnea.

Fortunately, at the West Houston ENT and Sleep Center, we are fully equipped to diagnose and treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea in one convenient location, so you’ll have fewer office visits and less co-pays. If you snore and have daytime sleepiness or risk factors for heart attack or stroke (such as high blood pressure or diabetes), you should strongly consider talking to your family doctor about being evaluated by Dr. Ludwick and/or participating in a Sleep Study. You can also Request an appointment online.

Testimonial – Wally Elarusi

Dr. Ludwick and the rest of the folks at West Houston ENT & Sleep Center were outstanding. Dr. Ludwick is very easy to talk to which makes it so easy to ask questions. I went in with issues of sleep quality and after a few consultations and a poor performance with a CPAP machine, he performed uvulopalatopharyngoplasty on me. The recovery was horrible but his assistance made it as good as it could be, but after about 3 or 4 weeks, I felt incredible. No issues sleeping, well, at least compared to before. Just breathing normally during the day become much less difficult which makes life so much easier. Highly recommend going in to see him if you are having any upper respiratory or allergy issues. ...See all testimonials

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Contact Us and find out more about available treatment options for OSAS including CPAP and BiPAP fitting, SomnoMed Matrix oral devices, and minimally-invasive surgical correction.

Dr. Ludwick news video

Dr. Ludwick speaks with Houston’s Fox News about sleep disorders. 50 Million Americans suffer from some sort of sleep disorder. Dr. Ludwick discusses the major symptoms and issues including sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome — and other things that can make you feel “not rested” during the day.

 
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