Many patients ask us if our office treats snoring. Over the years, we have learned about the potential causes of snoring and its treatment. However, it became obvious that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), is a growing problem for our patients and their families. In fact, the National Sleep Foundation estimates that over 18 Million Americans suffer from some form of sleep apnea. OSA patients are not getting the sleep they need to maintain their physical and mental health.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea occurs when tissue in the back of the throat collapses and blocks the airway. This reduces the amount of oxygen delivered to the heart, brain and organs. People with sleep apnea may snore loudly and stop breathing for short periods of time. There is a body wide signal to wake up and the patient opens their airway. This wake-up signal is an arousal from deep sleep but the person with OSA does not know they are waking up hundreds of times a night. Patients are not able to get rejuvenating sleep and the body pays a heavy price.
Daytime Symptoms can include:
- Feeling tired when you wake
- General daytime sleepiness
- Mood disturbance, depression
- Morning headache
- Difficulty concentrating, memory lapses
Nighttime symptoms can include:
- Chronic snoring
- Choking and breathing interruptions
- Waking up with a gasping sensation
- Excessive nighttime urination
- Nocturnal sweats
People who suffer from sleep apnea have a much higher risk of stroke and heart problems, such as heart attack, congestive heart failure and hypertension. Also, the are more likely to be involved in an accident at the workplace or while driving.
If you regularly experience any of the following symptoms you may be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Call our office today at 832-487-0647 to end your sleep apnea.