Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) occurs when the soft tissue in a person’s throat repeatedly collapses and blocks the airway during sleep. When this occurs the individual wakes up gasping for air. You can imagine how tired you would feel if this happened to you many times per hour.
Snoring is also a common symptom of sleep apnea. Although, just because you snore, it doesn’t mean you suffer from sleep apnea.
Untreated sleep apnea can:
- Increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke external link icon, obesity, and diabetes
- Increase the risk of heart failure
- Make arrhythmias (ah-RITH-me-ahs), or irregular heartbeats, more likely
- Increase the chance of having work-related or driving accidents
Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that requires long-term management. Lifestyle changes, mouthpieces, surgery, and/or breathing devices can successfully treat sleep apnea in many people.
Call Dr. Charles Braverman at 561.575.5599 ! He can diagnose and discuss the various options for treatment.