Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common sleep disorder. It affects more than 12 million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health. When a person suffers from OSA, the muscles in their throat relax during sleep and this makes breathing difficult. The brain senses the breathing difficulty and will wake the person up to resume breathing. If the brain wakes the person many times throughout the night, this can result in fragmented sleep with poor quality. Untreated OSA can lead to many medical problems, including high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and depression. But adequate treatment can reduce or eliminate these risks. In many cases, the patient feels the benefits, such as reduced sleepiness and better mood, quickly after treatment begins.
Symptoms of OSA
What to Do
If you suspect that you or a loved one suffers from OSA, you should see your healthcare provider, or one of our board certified sleep specialists. As a patient of our center, you will speak to experts who will ask detailed questions about your sleep and daytime symptoms. You may be asked to spend a night or two in one of our sleep clinics to monitor your sleep. A sleep study will show if you have OSA and will help define the best treatment for you.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
At the Sleep Disorders Center of Georgia, patient care and treatment is our ultimate goal. Dr. Matin works directly with the patient to establish the best treatment plan for your specific sleep disorder. In addition, we focus on educating our patients about their sleep disorder so that it can be effectively managed. We are particularly proud of our sleep apnea program. If you are referred to us because your doctor thinks you may have sleep apnea, you will be educated about the disorder every step of the way.
Sleep Disorders Center of Georgia gives patients with possible sleep apnea a choice to have an individual consultation with a board-certified sleep disorders specialist.
Once the patient understands sleep apnea and the treatment plan they will undergo an overnight sleep study, called a polysomnogram, to confirm the diagnosis. A sleep study is a noninvasive test that provides essential data during various stages of sleep. It monitors sleep stages, oxygen levels, heart rate, and respiratory events, along with many other variables.
Following the sleep study, the physician will review the results with the patient and will make recommendations for treatment.
We provide exceptional patient care through superior communication and education for our patients. We believe this is the key to patient success and satisfaction.
We proudly conduct our Sleep Studies at the Northside Hospital Sleep Disorder Center which is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and has four convenient locations in Atlanta, Cherokee, Forsyth, and Roswell. For more information please visit northside.com/sleep