What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
Sleep Apnea Specialist | Serving Vancouver WA and Portland OR
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder that affects an average of 25 million Americans annually. Collapsed soft tissues in the back of the oral cavity block the airways and prevent the flow of oxygen. Sleep apnea symptoms often include snoring and chronic breathing disruptions which result in lack of sleep and inability to rest. Left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can lead to serious health issues. If you experience any of the symptoms below, contact our sleep apnea dentist Dr. Perkins today!
Common Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Patients with properly diagnosed sleep apnea will exhibit some or all of the following symptoms that are often noted by their sleeping partner as well:
- Misalignment of the jaws
- Lingering fatigue during the day
- High blood pressure
- Chronic acid reflux
- Erectile dysfunction
Without the proper treatment, OSA may lead to stroke, diabetes and heart disease. After a thorough exam has been completed, the next step to diagnose sleep apnea is an overnight stay at a sleep center where the patient’s behavior is closely monitored during the night. The OSA data collected overnight is analyzed in detail the next morning. As each case is unique, every treatment is tailored to the specific needs of the patient.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
The most conservative way of treatment for OSA is the nightly use of oral night guards. They are fabricated from plastic specially designed to keep the lower jaw slightly forward which allows the airways to remain open. It is most effective for snoring and other symptoms of sleep disorders.
Another method of sleep therapy is the application of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). This technique involves the use of an appliance with a constantly running mechanical device. Some patients may find CPAP bothersome as its humming noise may not allow for a fully restful sleep.
The most invasive manner of sleep disorder treatment is surgery in various degrees. The sleep specialist works closely with the patient’s regular medical doctor as well as the dentist, both of which are familiar with the patient’s medical history. Each professional contributes to the overall treatment that will benefit the patient the most in a timely manner.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea IN PORTLAND OR AND VANCOUVER WA
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