What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
- Breathing stops because the airway collapses and prevents air from getting into the lungs.
- Sleep patterns are disrupted, resulting in excessive sleepiness or fatigue during the daytime.
How often can breathing stop during sleep?
This can happen up to hundreds of times each night in severe cases.
What causes the airway collapse during sleep?
Extra tissue in the back of the airway such as large tonsils.
The tongue falling back and closing off the airway.
Decrease in the tone of the muscles holding the airway open.
How many people have Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
4 in 100 middle-aged men and 2 in 100 middle-aged women have Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Approximately 95% remain undiagnosed and untreated.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is as common as adult asthma.
What happens if Obstructive Sleep Apnea is not treated?
High blood pressure
Heart disease and heart attack
Automobile and work-related accidents
What is the treatment?
The most common treatment is: CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) pronounced 奭PAP.ϴher less common treatments include surgery and oral appliances, which may be effective in certain individuals.
How does CPAP therapy work?
Breathing becomes regular
Restful sleep is restored
What are the symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Snoring, interrupted by periods of silence or pauses in breathing
Gasping or choking during sleep
Excessive sleepiness or fatigue during the day