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
Stroke
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
Irritability
Depression
Night time urination
Daytime sleepiness/fatigue
Frequent breaks or pauses in breathing
Overweight
Acid reflux
Clenching and grinding
Fractured/cracked/broken teeth
Abfraction of teeth


Greater health risks and comoridities associated with OSA:

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

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



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