News – Sleep Apnea and CPAP Alternatives

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can be potentially life-threatening. Sleep apnea is a stoppage in breathing that may happen tens of times or hundreds of times a night for several seconds. Those who suffer from sleep apnea may develop high blood pressure, daytime exhaustion, depression and other problems as a result. These problems can lead to heart attack or stroke. Snoring may also be linked to sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is caused by a blockage in the airway due to weak soft tissue collapsing on the area, which reduces oxygen levels in the blood.

Seeking treatment for sleep apnea is an extremely important step in lessening your chances for developing something more serious. In Jacksonville, Florida, Dr. Joseph Barton can treat patients so that their sleep apnea doesnít become something extremely serious. A very effective way to treat sleep apnea is with something called a CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, machine. The CPAP machine keeps the airway open by providing a stream of compressed air to the mouth via a mask connected to a hose. This hose is connected to a machine. The continuous flow of air keeps the airway open and helps its wearer sleep.

Though CPAP is one of the most effective ways to treat sleep apnea, many people donít wear the mask or use the machine every night. Wearing a mask all night is uncomfortable, and the machine is loud. Wearers may not roll over, but must sleep on their back and some people may develop acne around the area where the mask is worn. A solution to this is to wear an oral appliance, such as a mouth guard or tongue guard while sleeping. These are popular among sleep apneics who cannot, or will not, wear CPAP.

Dr. Ira Shapira in Gurnee, Illinois, founded an online medical resource that deals with sleep apnea called It is for those who have had little or no success with CPAP, and offers many alternatives. Dr. Joseph Barton has brought this treatment to Jacksonville, Florida.

If you are in the Jacksonville, Florida area, and you suffer from snoring or sleep apnea, please contact sleep apnea specialist Dr. Barton for an initial consultation.

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