What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea affects approximately 20 million Americans, causing them to stop breathing for 10 to 30 seconds, sometimes for one minute or longer, hundreds of times a night. The individual affected is not awake long enough to remember these episodes and is often totally unaware of their snoring and fragmented sleep. Fragmented sleep leaves people tired and sleepy during the day. Sleep Apnea contributes to irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart failure and stroke. And if left untreated may be one of several important factors in premature aging, dementia, and loss of health and vitality.
Sleep Apnea is a growing problem, with overweight and obese people making up the highest risk group for this disease. It is often untreated and under-diagnosed. This is especially true with younger patients. Oral Appliance Therapy is a safe and effective treatment option that will help decrease the prevalence of Sleep Apnea and improve patients sleep and health. It can also save marriages disrupted by snoring.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome: OSA
• Stoppage of breathing for 10 seconds or more at least 5 times per hour
• Oxygen saturation in the blood decreases more than 4%
• Apnea events with an arousal from sleep
• Arousals lead to chronic daytime sleepiness and other symptoms
• Sleep Apnea is diagnosed by having a sleep study (Polysomnogram) and interpreted by a medical sleep specialist.