Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea/Snoring

About 90 million Americans suffer from snoring during sleep. More than half of those people
are simply snorers and it is bothersome to others, but in the other half it could be a sign of a
more serious sleep disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Do your research. Knowing
the difference between the two conditions is key in getting the right treatment. Snoring is a
result of the tissues in the throat relaxing enough to partially block the airway and creating the
vibrating sound (snoring). On the other hand, loud snoring can lead to OSA which is
characterized by multiple pauses in breathing that are greater than ten seconds due to airway
narrowing or collapse.

Untreated OSA can contribute to:

High blood pressure
Heart disease
Workplace accidents
Motor vehicle accidents

Symptoms of OSA:

Loud snoring
Wake up choking or gasping
Wake up with dry mouth or sore throat
Morning headaches
Mood changes
Night time urination
Daytime sleepiness/fatigue
Frequent breaks or pauses in breathing
Acid reflux
Clenching and grinding
Fractured/cracked/broken teeth
Abfraction of teeth

Greater health risks and comorbidities associated with OSA:

Congestive heart failure
Atrial fibrillation
Sudden death
High blood pressure
Acid reflux/GERD
Alzheimer's Disease
Memory loss
Irritable bowel syndrome

A sleep study is necessary to determine if snoring is due to OSA.