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What You Need to Know About Obstructive Sleep Apnea


Posted on 11/7/2022 by Oral and Facial Surgery Center
What You Need to Know About Obstructive Sleep ApneaObstructive sleep apnea shortened as OSA is a potentially fatal condition. If left untreated, individuals with OSA run the risk of developing such complications as heart attacks and strokes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and decreased libido. OSA might also cause daytime sleepiness, which can lead to undesirable outcomes such as accidents, lower productivity, and strained relationships.

The National Sleep Foundation estimates that up to 18 million adults have obstructive sleep apnea with between 2-3 percent of them being children. It is important to note, though, that in most cases, OSA sufferers may be unaware of their condition. It is therefore important to understand OSA and the factors that cause it in order to effectively be able to deal with it.

What exactly is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?


Excess tissue, large tonsils, and/or a thick tongue can obstruct the upper airway and make breathing while sleeping difficult. Nasal airways, jaw posture, and airway muscle relaxation during sleep may all contribute to the problem. When these factors cause breathing to stop (apnea), the brain sends impulses to wake the person up just enough to restart breathing.

Sleep apnea is diagnosed when there are more than 30 apneas in a seven-hour sleep session. Breathing pauses in severe settings can last up to 90 seconds each time they occur, and they can occur up to 500 times overnight.

Treatments


Based on the severity of your OSA, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon will help you choose the best course of treatment for you. Changes in behavior, the use of an air pressure device, or even the use of an oral appliance are all possible solutions. While surgery has the potential to benefit some people, it is important to realize that no operation is guaranteed to be 100 percent successful. Before recommending surgery, our OMS will take many measurements of your airway to determine whether you are the right candidate. Talk to us today about your sleep apnea problem.



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