Don’t Let Sleep Apnea Impact Your Life

Studies have found that sleep apnea can have
severe consequences to your overall health

Easy At-Home Process

More Restful Sleep

Better Overall Health

Hear Sleep Expert
Dr. Alexandra Porfir explain Sleep Disorders:

Sleep apnea is one of the most underdiagnosed conditions in America.  We are learning more and more about its impact every day; how it plays a major role in cardiovascular health, cognitive function, aging, and many other biologic functions.  We have seen proper treatment be a life saver to patients dealing with serious health conditions.  That’s why I’ve made it my mission to get people the help they need to improve their sleep health and live healthier lives.

Getting Started is Easy:

Schedule Appointment

You meet with the medical provider to evaluate your situation

Get Tested at Home

You test in the comfort of your own home

Review Results with a Sleep Professional

The doctor translates your results to a plan

Get Customized Treatment

The doctor prepares a treatment plan just for you

Live a Healthier Life

Get back to enjoying the things you love

TESTIMONIALS

TESTIMONIALS

“I am so thankful to have been treated by Dr. Porfir.  I rest much better at night with the mouthpiece she made for me, and even my a-fib has resolved.  I really can’t believe what this has done for me!

Anthony D., Irving, TX

“The at-home testing was easy to do and I could not believe how many times per night I stopped breathing; it was a real eye-opener.  Now I sleep better than I have in years and feel like a new person.  Thank you Dr. Porfir!”  

Meredith H., Sherman, TX

Do you snore?

A partial/total obstruction of the upper airway causes tissues to vibrate and produce the sound of snoring. Sleep apnea is caused by partial/total closure of your airway while sleeping, cutting off airflow to the lungs.

 

Cumulative effect of sleep apnea

As sleep apnea develops, it has a cumulative effect. This means that the longer the disease goes untreated, the greater the negative side effects and associated health risk. In addition, sleep apnea is considered a risk factor when undergoing anesthesia for surgery. Sleep apnea is one of the most undiagnosed conditions in the United States, and if it remains untreated, other health conditions may emerge or current health problems may become worse or hard to control.

What is sleep apnea?
Along with diet and exercise, sleep & breathing should be considered the third pillar of overall health because it has a systemic impact on your entire body.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a chronic condition that results in repetitive pauses in breathing during sleep, which commonly results in reduced oxygen intake to your body. This can result in significant damage to your brain, heart, immune system, and more. Sleep apnea is 85% undiagnosed in the United States.
How serious is Sleep Apnea?
A recent study shows that the white matter in the brain can be severely damaged because of sleep apnea. In addition, medical research indicates that sleep apnea is associated with increased heart disease, heart failure, stroke, and atrial fibrillation. Sleep apnea has also been shown to cause potential complications during and after surgery and can be detrimental to healing rates
after surgery. The good news is that these effects can be minimized or even sometimes reversed with the treatment of sleep apnea.
How does Sleep Apnea Relate to Surgery?

Sleep apnea as it relates to surgery
• Sleep problems are a significant risk factor for patients undergoing anesthesia for surgery, and numerous health authorities including the American Heart Association and the American Society of Anesthesiologists recommend testing for sleep problems before surgery to avoid any associated issues during and after surgery.
• Poor quality or insufficient sleep time (less that 8h/night) due to sleep apnea can cause impairment of recovery from surgery and increased risk of complications. This includes decreased oxygen levels, increased infection risk, higher pain intensity, and need for higher doses of pain medication.
• The use or increased usage of pain medication (opioids) commonly used after surgery further compound sleep apnea by depressing respiratory effort, making sleep apnea worse and can even lead to unexpected death.

How Does Home Testing Work?
If you are at high risk for sleep apnea or are
undergoing surgery, your physician will prescribe a home sleep test. This offers an easy option, as you will be able to spend the night in your own bed in familiar surroundings. After a brief training by a sleep technician, you can take a portable sleep diagnostic device home for a sleep test.
How is Sleep Apnea Treated?

For mild to moderate sleep apnea, an
oral device can be prescribed by our health professional team and doctor. These custom devices can be tuned to a specific anatomy to ensure that the airway is normal, enabling restful, healthy sleep. It is a great option to prevent sleep apnea from progressing to a more obstructive state.

For severe sleep apnea, a CPAP is the recommended treatment. A CPAP is a Continual Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) device that uses air to maintain a proper airway. Many patients notice that they get much better, restful sleep with a CPAP device.

Physicians, Do you Need to Integrate a Sleep Medicine solution in Your Practice?  Ask us How!