Sleep Apnea Specialist

James C. Yee, MD -  - Otolaryngologist

James C. Yee, MD

Otolaryngologist located in Folsom, CA & Carmichael, CA

If you wake up gasping for air, snore heavily, or feel unrested after a full night of sleep, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. At the otolaryngology practice of James C. Yee, MD, serving patients in Folsom and Carmichael, California, Dr. Lee evaluates your sleep quality and, if you have sleep apnea, can help you get a better night’s rest. Call one of the locations or schedule online to find relief from sleep disruption and avoid the health complications associated with sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that occurs when your airway becomes blocked as you slumber. Usually, sleep apnea results from your tongue relaxing and falling to the back of your throat. Sometimes, the soft tissue of your palate and throat relax so much that it blocks or greatly narrows your airway, interrupting airflow.

Snoring occurs due to the blocked or narrow opening. Any air that does get through vibrates against the tissue. When the airway closes off, you awaken momentarily because your brain senses the lack of oxygen. You may not be aware of these brief awakenings, but they do disrupt your natural sleep cycle.

You’re at greater risk of sleep apnea if you’re obese, male, have a thick neck circumference, or are a smoker.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Your sleep partner may notice symptoms of loud, disruptive snoring — a common sign of sleep apnea. Other symptoms include:

  • Waking up choking or gasping
  • Morning headaches
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Restless sleep
  • Daytime fatigue

If you suffer from these symptoms, consult with Dr. Yee to determine if you have sleep apnea.

What are the health implications of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea doesn’t just rob you of quality sleep. It can contribute to serious health complications, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Memory loss and cognitive impairment
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Liver problems
  • Weakened immunity

Sleep apnea is readily treatable, so don’t delay in seeking support from Dr. Yee.

What are the treatments for sleep apnea?

People with obstructive sleep apnea often benefit from CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, machines. You wear a mask that delivers air to keep your airway open so you sleep with ease.

Some people may find that the CPAP machine is noisy and the mask uncomfortable. In these cases, you may benefit from an oral appliance that helps maintain an open airway by moving the lower jaw into a more forward position.

If you suffer from heavy snoring and sleep disturbances, call one of the offices of James C. Yee, MD, or book an appointment using the online tool to learn about your sleep apnea treatment options.