Westlake Village Dentist - Dr. Linda Tincher - Sleep Apnea
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
OSA is a common, yet often undiagnosed sleep disorder. It afflicts 20 million adult men and women in the U.S. People who have OSA stop breathing repeatedly during sleep because their 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 conditions may increase.
How do I know if I have 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 the bed partner who notices the first signs of OSA.
OSA is more common in people who are obese or have a large neck or crowding of the upper airway.
If you or someone you know snores regularly and has one or more of the of the following symptoms, it may be OSA. Please share with Dr. Tincher if any of the following symptoms apply to you.
Key signs and symptoms include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Loud or disruptive snoring
- Gasping or choking during sleep
Other Common Symptoms Include:
- Grogginess and morning headaches
- Frequent urination at night
Depression and irritability
What happens if I have OSA and I don't treat it properly?
People who do not seek diagnosis and treatment for OSA may increase their risk for:
- High Blood Pressure
- Irregular heart rhythms or heart disease
- Heart Attack
- Driving or work-related accidents
If you have any additional questions regarding Sleep Apnea, please contact Dr. Linda Tincher at her Westlakes Village practice today!
For more information please go to www.somnomed.com.
Philips Health Care. (2009). Understanding Sleep Apnea. Nevada.