What is sleep apnea?
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA is the disruption of a patient’s sleep patterns, causing daily fatigue and tiredness. Patients will repeatedly awaken throughout the night, unable to breath because of blockages in the airways.
How common is sleep apnea?
- Around 5-10 % of the world’s adults suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). And in the US over 20 million adults alone! Most of these individuals are still undiagnosed.
Why do my airways close?
- Many adults have excess tissue in the back of their airways, such as oversized tonsils. Also weak muscles holding open the airways, as well as the “collapse” of one’s tongue, which can close off airways during sleep.
What are risks of sleep apnea?
- High blood pressure, hypertension, heart attack, stroke, daily fatigue, inability to concentrate, and poor overall quality of life.
What are risk factors of sleep apnea?
- Those patients are at a greater risk of sleep apnea are usually: overweight or obese, have excess or oversized tissue blocking the airways, smoking, poor sleep habits, and poor respiratory system function.
What is the treatment for sleep apnea?
- The most common treatment is known as CPAP or PAP, positive airway pressure. Also, we recommend the use of oral sleep appliances which can help push jaw to an angle at which the airways will remain open during the night. Patients are also asked to include weight loss, healthy diet, exercise, and avoid smoking, drinking, and other drugs that may have an adverse effect on sleep hygiene.