Obstructive Sleep Apnea
OSA affects over 18 million people in the United States. It is the most common type of sleep disorders. The major characteristics of Sleep Apnea are: interrupted breathing that lasts over 10 seconds, and loud/heavy snoring. It occurs when the airways become blocked, causing bouts of choking or gasping.
There are 3 types of APNEA: Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Central Sleep Apnea, and Mixed Apnea (which combines the two former types). Each type causes an impaired quality of sleep.
Treatment For Sleep Apnea
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) - A bedside machine that delivers air through a mask. The air pressure forces airways to remain open during sleep and can provide tremendous results.
Oral Appliance Therapy - A non-invasive alternative to the CPAP. Oral Appliance Therapy is a simple mouthpiece that are similar to retainers. They are customized to each individual, making them light and easy to wear.
Under diagnosed, OSA can be extremely dangerous. The exact definition of APNEA is “without breath.” Sleep studies and treatment are necessary to keep this condition from becoming fatal.
Do not let this life-altering disorder go any longer without treatment! Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation!