Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea refers to brief interruptions of breathing during sleep.  It is defined as a cessation of breathing for a period of 10 seconds or more and up to hundreds of times or more a night.

3 TYPES OF SLEEP APNEA

1. OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA (OSA)

2. CENTRAL SLEEP APNEA

3. MIXED SLEEP APNEA

OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA (OSA) is the most common and occurs when a person has trouble breathing during sleep due to blockage of the airway.

CENTRAL SLEEP APNEA occurs when a person repeatedly stops breathing due to the brain failing to signal the muscles that control this action.

MIXED SLEEP APNEA is a combination of both OSA and Central Sleep Apnea.

Millions of  people in the USA are affected by sleep apnea.  Unfortunately, it is a commonly undiagnosed disorder and therefore often goes untreated.  If you wake up in the morning feeling tired, nod off during the day due to fatigue, and snore, you may be experiencing sleep depravation due to sleep apnea.  Call us for a consultation.  We will assess your airway, refer you for a sleep study and treat your sleep apnea with an oral sleep device should your doctor prescribe an oral appliance. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends oral sleep appliances as a first line treatment option for individuals with mild to moderate sleep apnea or for those unable to use the CPAP machine successfully.  Oral appliances are also considered for those who are not candidates or prefer not to pursue airway surgery

UNTREATED SLEEP APNEA

The consequences of untreated sleep apnea can have serious health implications such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, brain damage, diabetes, depression, obesity, and impotency.