A Restful Nights Sleep is Priceless!
What is sleep apnea, you ask? Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder in which breathing stops and then restarts again repeatedly during sleep.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) occurs when the airway temporarily collapses during sleep, preventing or restricting breathing. Pauses in breathing can last from a minimum of (10) ten seconds and up to (90) ninety seconds or more. OSA patients typically suffer from low oxygen levels of blood. This results in poor sleep quality that makes you tired during the day.
Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea
- SNORING (The #1 association of OSA).
- Repeating patterns of "snore, pause, gasp."
- Breathing stops and then starts again.
- Waking up frequently at night.
- Sleepiness during the day.
- Falling asleep while at work or driving.
- Workspace accidents or motor accidents.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Lost productivity.
- Mood or behavioral changes.
- More frequent illnesses.
- Morning headaches.
Snoring is the sound of obstructed breathing during sleep in which the soft tissues at the back of the throat lose muscle tone, it then flops back and vibrates. While snoring can be harmless (benign snoring), it can also be the sign of a more serious medical condition, which progresses from upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS) to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Did you know, sleepiness and snoring affects over 40% of the adult population? Furthermore, these issues often cause significant problems with one's health and quality of life. Snoring can greatly disrupt the quality of sleep, resulting in excessive daytime sleepiness. Snoring can also disturb the sleep of those nearby, causing great frustration and placing a strain on relationships. Snoring has been identified as a possible risk factor for hypertension, heart disease and stroke and can be a symptom of the more serious medical condition, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Since snoring is associated with OSA, a sleep study would be necessary to eliminate OSA for a snore guard to be fabricated.
The Uvula is the fleshy extension of the soft palate that vibrates and causes snoring.
As we breathe naturally, air passes through the nose and past the flexible structures in the back of the throat (such as the soft palate, uvula and tongue). Your muscles are what holds your airways open while being awake. When you fall asleep these muscles relax but normally the airway stays open.
Sleep Apnea Solutions
Good sleep habits, weight loss, and exercise are some helpful techniques you can do on your own to reduce the severity or help with sleep apnea treatment. Medical and Dental treatments include Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), Oral Appliance Therapy, Combination Therapy (CPAP in conjunction with Oral Appliance), and Surgery. Click to learn more about the sleep apnea appliances and other treatments.
If Left Untreated
Avoiding sleep apnea treatment can cause or worsen the following:
- Risk for stroke
- Risk for heart attack
- Acid reflux
- Brain and cognitive changes
- Depression and anxiety
- Loss of memory and concentration
- Job impairment
- Accidents at the workplace
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Mood swings
- Marital and other personal relationships
- Weight gain
Are You A Candidate for the Home Sleep Study (HST)?
Wondering if you suffer from Sleep Apnea? Visit the Sleep Apnea home test page, to learn more about this study and the steps to be taken. Or simply give us a call, and we would be glad to schedule a consultation for your Sleep Apnea test! (630) 980-3880