Do you or does your bed partner snore at night? Did you know it can be a sign of a serious sleep disorder where you stop and start breathing while sleeping?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) affects millions of adults in the US, and approximately 90% of them are undiagnosed. OSA can significantly affect your health and quality of life. It has been linked to numerous health issues including heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and diabetes.
Sleep apnea is caused when, during sleep, the muscles in your airway, including your tongue and throat, relax causing the soft tissue in the back of your throat to sag. This causes narrowing or obstruction of the airway.
The most common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea are snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, and pauses in breathing while sleeping. Often times, the sufferer does not even know they suffer from this condition, because excessive sleepiness has just become a way of life.
What are the treatments for OSA? Often times patients diagnosed with mild to moderate OSA can be treated with an oral appliance that comfortably opens the airway during sleep. Other treatments include CPAP, BI-PAP, and surgery.
If you would like to learn more about OSA and whether or not you may be suffering from this condition, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (402) 934-5200.