Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
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. Obstructive Sleep Apnea contributes to irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart failure and stroke. Chronic untreated sleep apnea may be one of several important factors in premature aging, dementia, and loss of health and vitality.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a growing problem, with overweight and obese people making up the highest risk group for this disease. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is often under-diagnosed and left untreated. This is especially true with younger patients. Oral Appliance Therapy is a safe and effective treatment option that will help decrease the prevalence of untreated Sleep Apnea and improve our patients sleep and overall health. An oral appliance for sleep can also save relationships disrupted by snoring!
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome:
• 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
• Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a disorder which is diagnosed by having a sleep study (Polysomnogram ) and interpreted by a medical sleep specialist.