What You Should Know about Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is a common disorder that causes patients to stop breathing repeatedly during sleep. OSA brings serious health risks to sufferers. In many cases, patients do not even realize they have the condition. Here is what you should know about OSA.
A main symptom of OSA is fatigue, which can be so severe that patients cannot get work done or enjoy anything. Breathlessness, resulting from repeated breathing interruptions, is often present during the day. Many patients with OSA snore, but some do not. Frequent awakenings from sleep are also common.
Associated Health Risks
OSA has been linked to many health problems, especially involving the heart. Patients with OSA are at higher risk of heart attack, stroke, and sudden cardiac death. Risk of deadly accidents is raised significantly, and cancer and diabetes are more likely to occur.
New Treatments Are Available
CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, is no longer the only option used to treat OSA. Many patients are now receiving dental treatments for the condition instead. For example, our dentist can perform soft-tissue removal to remove excess tissue from the airway or prescribe oral appliances to keep the airway open during sleep.
If you have unexplained daytime fatigue or other symptoms listed above, you should seek diagnosis through a sleep study. A diagnosis of OSA can pave the way to a variety of effective modern dental treatments. You can contact our dentist to learn more about OSA and treatment options at our office.
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