About Sleep Apnea
What Is Sleep Apnea?
“Sleep apnea is where the body stops breathing for a period of time or the soft tissue in the throat relaxes too much and limits the air flow to the body. This happens several times in an hour throughout the night, and it literally chokes the body from oxygen.”
Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Oral Appliance Therapy
Do you struggle with poor sleep? Are you facing difficulty in breathing while sleeping or snoring loudly at night?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may be to blame. OSA is a breathing disorder that’s related to your sleep quality. It induces difficulty in breathing with an impaired airflow even when you actively try to breathe. When you are asleep, your muscles relax, which causes the soft tissue in the back of the throat to block the airflow.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
In Obstructive Sleep Apnea, you may stop breathing at night when sleeping. The breathing gaps can range from a few seconds of even a minute at any given time. Sudden reductions in blood oxygen can also occur ranging from 0 to 40 percent.
The condition of sleep apnea has many symptoms, such as memory issues, irritability, snoring, fatigue, insomnia, and excessive sleepiness in the daytime. Sleep apnea can be a life-threatening medical condition if not attended to promptly.
At this time, the brain gives signals and alerts the body to wake up. Once you wake up, normal breathing resumes. Sleep quality deteriorates and causes excessive snoring along with other related symptoms.
Sleep dentists measure this condition with the Apnea-Hypopnea index (AHI). It represents the total number of apneas and hypopneas that happens every hour of sleep.
What are the Different Types of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea has different levels that can affect people. Here are the key types of sleep apnea:
What is the Prevalence of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Though OSA occurs in all age groups, it occurs most frequently in persons who are of middle to older age groups. Here are some key statistics:
- Approximately 24 percent of men and nine percent of women have OSA symptoms that can occur with or without daytime sleepiness
- OSA, including daytime sleepiness symptoms, occurs in two percent of women and about four percent of men
- OSA also affects two percent of children and is most common in preschoolers
- 80 percent to 90 percent of adults affected with OSA remain undiagnosed
What are the High-Risk Groups for Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Here are the high-risk groups of people that may get affected with OSA:
- Persons who are overweight (having a Body Mass Index of more than 25)
- Persons who are obese (having a Body Mass Index of more than 30)
- Persons having a large neck size – more than 17 inches for men and more than 16 inches for women
- Post-menopausal women
- Middle-aged or older men
- Ethnic Minorities
- Persons having Down Syndrome (adults and children)
- Persons having soft tissue and bone structure abnormalities in the neck and head
- Children having adenoids and large tonsils
- Persons with a family member having OSA
- Persons who smoke
- Persons having endocrine conditions such as Hypothyroidism and Acromegaly
- Persons suffering from nocturnal nasal congestion resulting from rhinitis, abnormal morphology, or both conditions
What are the Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Here is a listing of symptoms that persons affected with Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Increased risk of stroke
- Increased probability of death as a result of heart disease
- Increased chances of being in a motor vehicle accident
- Impaired concentration when doing any activity
- Increased heart rate
- Fluctuating levels of oxygen
- Chronic elevation of blood pressure during the day
- Impaired insulin resistance in the body and glucose intolerance
- Excessive mood swings
- Disturbing partner’s sleep
What are the Different Treatments for Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Diagnosing OSA is vital. An asleep study chart called Polysomnogram or overnight sleep study is done to analyze the body’s vital signs of heartbeat, breathing, and brain waves. There are four critical methodologies to treat OSA:
Why Choose Newman Family Dentistry/ Newman Dental Sleep Medicine for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Improve your quality of life and sleep when you choose to take action against OSA. Regain control over your life by being committed to your OSA treatment. Newman Dental Sleep Medicine has experienced sleep dentists who can provide custom-fit solutions for OSA that suit your life and situation. It’s time to improve your sleep and transform your health.
Have questions about Sleep apnea? Make an appointment today and find out if you do have OSA. Get started on the path to treatment by contacting Newman Dental Sleep Medicine at (317) 660-2200. We are happy to answer your questions about obstructive sleep apnea, appliance therapy, and dental sleep medicine.
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