Sleep apnea, or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a very common and very dangerous medical disorder that prevents airflow during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused when obstructions such as collapsed tissues or the tongue falling back in the throat block the airway. An apnea event is defined as a stop or pause in breathing for at least 10 seconds. These pauses can happen hundreds of times a night, which leads to sudden reductions in oxygen levels. If left untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to serious health issues including high blood pressure, heart disease or liver problems.
Did you know…
More than 18 million Americans have sleep apnea, and many are not receiving treatment.
Sleep Apnea Signs & Symptoms
Fatigue & Daytime Sleepiness
Poor Job Performance
Children Behavior Problems
Who Should be Screened and Tested?
Everyone should be screened for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is experienced by both adults and children, and men and women of any age or body type can have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a sleep physician. We recommend that you talk to our sleep dentists, as well as your physician, if you suffer from the symptoms of sleep apnea.