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Sleep Disordered Breathing

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a sleep breathing disorder in which a person stops breathing while they sleep.    


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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Means the muscles and tissues in the airway collapse and block off the airway, preventing airflow. When the oxygen in the brain becomes low enough, the sleeper partially awakens, the obstruction in the throat clears and the flow of air …


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More than 50 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. Despite this ever growing statistic, unfortunately over 90% remain undiagnosed. Although there are over 80 classifications of sleep disorders, they are broken down in four major areas: sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, and restless leg syndrome. Sleep apnea is the most common sleep disorder affecting over 18 million Americans.

The consequences of untreated sleep apnea can range from mild to severe, including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, brain damage, diabetes, depression, obesity, and impotency. Sleep apnea and related sleep disorders should not be taken lightly and can lead to serious health related issues. Are you tired of being tired? With the escalating sleep crisis in America, now is the time to get help.

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Sleep Disordered Breathing

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a sleep breathing disorder in which a person stops breathing while they sleep. The tissues in the throat collapse, cutting off the airway despite efforts to breathe. Apnea is defined as “a cessation of airflow for 10 seconds or more.” This can occur dozens and sometimes even hundreds of times an hour.

Oral Appliance Therapy

Oral Appliances are placed in the mouth and are worn much like an orthodontic appliance or sports mouth protector. Worn during sleep to prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat, oral appliances promote adequate air intake and help to provide normal sleep in people who snore and have sleep apnea.

Understanding
Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea Statistics

– Doctors estimate that 9.1% of men and 4% of women have sleep apnea.

-That translates to 18-25 million Americans (1 in every 15) living with sleep apnea.

-Possibly as few as 5% have been diagnosed, or have taken a sleep study.

-A person afflicted with untreated obstructive sleep apnea is up to 4 times more likely to have a stroke, as well as 3 times more likely to have heart disease.

-Approximately 50% of all patients who have hypertension, or high blood pressure, are also afflicted with obstructive sleep apnea.

-People suffering from OSA are as much as 6 times more likely to be involved in a car crash than those without sleep disorders. This is due to the fact that they are drowsy from lack of sleep.

Who Is At Risk For Sleep Apnea?

Even though sleep apnea can affect anyone regardless of age, weight, and gender, these factors indicate a higher likelihood of having sleep apnea: mouth breathing, excess weight, neck size, family history, use of alcohol or sedatives, smoking, being a MALE, Age, narrowed airway, enlarged tonsils or jaw structure.

Measuring Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is measured by the number of times you stopped or reduced breathing per hour. Together, these events are counted and known as the Apnea-Hypopnea Index (AHI).

A sleep study will measure your AHI as well as the drop in your blood-oxygen levels to help determine the severity of the disease. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, your sleep study results will indicate mild, moderate or severe sleep apnea.

Oral Appliances are placed in the mouth and are worn much like an orthodontic appliance or sports mouth protector. Worn during sleep to prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat, oral appliances promote adequate air intake and help to provide normal sleep in people who snore and have sleep apnea.

Oral appliances can be used as the first-line therapy for patients who have been diagnosed with mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea, or severe obstructive sleep apnea that cannot tolerate their prescribed CPAP. They can also be used in conjunction with other therapies such as continuous positive air pressure (C-PAP). Determination of proper therapy can only be made by joint consultation of your sleep physician and a qualified sleep medicine dentist.

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