Obstructive Sleep Apnea


Sleep-Related Breathing Disorder

During sleep, as the muscles relax, a complete or partial blocking of the upper airway can occur.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder characterized by repeated obstruction to the airway during sleep.  OSA occurs when the muscles supporting the soft tissues in your throat, such as your tongue and soft palate, relax. This causes your airway to narrow or even close, momentarily cutting off your breathing.  This leads to interrupted and irregular sleep, restlessness and loud snoring.  Left untreated, OSA can cause serious health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, abnormal heart rhythm, and pulmonary hypertension.

Symptoms of OSA

  • Loud snoring
  • Abrupt awakenings accompanied by gasping or choking
  • Excessive daytime fatigue
  • Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat
  • Observed episodes of breathing cessation during sleep
  • Impaired memory and intelligence
  • Decreased libido

How we can help

Effective diagnosis and treatment planning

Oral appliance sleep therapy

Positive airway pressure

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