Sleep apnea can impact anywhere between 10 and 12 million people in the United States. Are you at risk of developing OSA? Without treatment, this disorder can lead to sleep loss and eventually, a higher risk of depression, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack. What should you know about the risk factors and symptoms of this sleep disorder?
Frequently Asked Questions About Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Question: What are common risk factors for OSA?
Answer: First, the issue usually impacts men over the age of 55, but all genders are susceptible and people younger have been known to develop the disorder. In addition, obesity, smoking and tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption can impact your risk. Diabetes is also related to the issue.
Question: What symptoms should I watch for?
Answer: You watch for chronic snoring, waking up with dry mouth, daytime drowsiness, moodiness, and difficulty concentrating on tasks during the day. You may also notice episodes of waking up in the night gasping for air or even choking. If one or more of these possible symptoms relates to your experiences, then you should contact us for a diagnosis and to see if you need treatment.
Question: How do you treat sleep apnea?
Answer: We actually have a comfortable and minimally invasive option or addressing OSA. A custom oral appliance is provided and worn as you sleep. The device looks and fits like a night guard, but actually moves the jaw forward to prevent soft tissue from collapsing and shutting off airflow as you sleep.
Question: Are there preventive measures I can take?
Answer: We suggest losing weight, sleeping on your side, maintaining a regular sleep schedule, and avoiding alcohol before bed. You can also avoid tobacco products and keep your bedroom dark and cool.
To learn more, schedule a consultation online, or call our office today at (847) 230-9703.