Learn About Sleep Disorders What Is Sleep Apnea?

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What is Sleep Apnea?

Obstructed Sleep Apnea (OSA) afflicts 20 million adult men and women in the United States. People who have OSA stop breathing repeatedly during sleep because the airway collapses.

Airway collapse may be due to such factors as a large tongue, extra tissue in the airway, or decreased muscle tone holding the airway open.

As a result, air is prevented from getting into the lungs. These pauses in breathing can happen 30 times or more per hour. When healthy sleep is interrupted in this way, the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and other serious health conditions may increase.

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What happens if OSA is not treated?

Obstructed Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a serious condition.

People who do not seek diagnosis and treatment for Sleep Apnea may increase their risk for the following if OSA is not treated:

• High blood pressure• Heart disease and heart attack
• Stroke
• Fatigue-related motor vehicle and work accidents
• Obesity
• Depression & irritability
• Gasping or choking during sleep
• Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
• Frequent urination at night

Common Symptoms of OSA

OSA can occur in men, women and children of all ages and sizes. Most people who have OSA do not realize they suffer from the condition. Often, it is someone else who witnesses the first signs of OSA. If you or someone you know snores regularly and has one or more of the following symptoms, it may be OSA. Consider all of the following that apply, and share this list with your doctor.

Key signs and common symptoms of OSA include:

What is the treatment for Sleep Apnea

The most common treatment for sleep apnea is CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), pronounced “see-PAP.” Other less common treatments include surgery and oral appliances, which may be effective in certain individuals. Any treatments should include weight loss if needed, exercise, and avoidance of alcohol, sedatives, and hypnotics.

PAP therapy will relieve the airway obstruction that occurs while you sleep. PAP treatment can dramatically improve the life of someone diagnosed with sleep apnea. When you wear the system every night during sleep and optimum therapy is achieved, you may experience the following benefits of treatment:

You will need to use your treatment every night while you sleep. If you do not, you will return to your previous level of snoring, sleep apnea, and daytime tiredness.

Untreated sleep apnea also has been shown to co-exist with a number of other medical conditions, such as:

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“I tried CPAP but felt claustrophobic...the oral appliance is lightweight and I love it! Now, I have more energy to do all the things I love. This has changed my life, as well as those I love.”
Jane Smith
“Before I found treatment for sleep apnea, I felt draggy and fatigued...especially when I felt sleepy in the car, I got alarmed and I realized it was time to do something.”
Alma Steve
“The person that told me that I had a snoring problem was my wife. [It was] to the point where she had to start sleep with earplugs...One thing I can say for sure is that the device, the advice, and the treatment that I got from Sleep Dallas really changed my life.”
Rick & Amanda
“My wife complained for years [about my snoring]...and she was really worried about the apnea situation...I’d heard horror stories about the CPAP machine...when I heard about the appliance, that’s what encouraged me to seek treatment.”
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