Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious and potentially life-threatening sleep disorder in which blockage of the airway during sleep occurs. The muscles in the upper airway collapse, which interferes with proper breathing. The most noticeable sign of obstructive sleep apnea is snoring. Those suffering from this condition are usually unaware they have it. In fact, it is often the spouse or loved one who first notices sleep apnea.
During sleep apnea episodes, air is prevented from entering the lungs. This results in the falling of oxygen level in the bloodstream and the organs receive less oxygen. The heart may even try to compensate by pumping faster and raising blood pressure. With repeated obstructive sleep apnea episodes, the supply of oxygen to the organs becomes progressively depleted. So instead of restful rejuvenation during sleep, the heart and organs actually become more stressed.
Open airway, Tongue relaxed (falling slightly back).
Partially blocked airway. Constricted airway causes vibration.
Fully blocked airway (life threatening).
The fatigue and restlessness associated with sleep apnea can severely affect a person’s quality of life. It often makes concentration difficult, decreases productivity at work and increases the risk of accidents and errors in daily activities. Obstructive sleep apnea is connected to a number of other serious health conditions such as:
Diagnosing and treating sleep apnea can help control these conditions. Not treating sleep apnea can aggravate the symptoms of those other conditions—which in some cases can be life-threatening.
Common signs of obstructive sleep apnea include:
Many people with sleep apnea also suffer with one or more serious health condition such as:
Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea can be very successful and life changing.
The goal of sleep apnea treatments is to maintain an open airway and increase blood oxygen levels during sleep. This not only relieves sleep apnea symptoms such as snoring, but can be an effective way to help control related conditions.
Different treatment options are available such as:
General recommendations to consider:
Sleep apnea treatment significantly improves patient quality of life, lowers serious associated health risks and reduces overall medical expenses.
Treating sleep apnea can help control your:
There are several advanced treatment options available today. Dr. Akkad will discuss options and help you choose the best sleep apnea treatment for you
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