Obstructive Sleep Apnea ( ) affects about 20 million men and women in the US, about 4% of men and 2% of women. US population being about 300 million. Approximately 95% of people who have remain undiagnosed. If you or someone you know snores or have some of the following symptoms, you might have .
Some symptoms include but aren't limited to:
If you or someone you know has these symptoms you should consult with a Doctor. Talk to you Doctor about these symptoms and your sleep concerns. You Doctor will most likely refer you to a sleep specialist for evaluation. If you do not know a Doctor in your area, give us a call & we can help you find one to meet your needs.
The most common way to diagnose is known as a polysomnogram or , More commonly known as an overnight sleep study. During the sleep study your sleep will be recorded through a series of sensors. The Sleep specialist will then be able to determine how mild or severe your is.
The preferred treatment for is known as Positive Airway Pressure (PAP). PAP provides a pressure of air which prevents the collapse of your airways. This air pressure is administered through the use of a nasal mask. The most common PAP therapy is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (). therapy provides a constant air pressure to keep your airways open. The amount of pressure needed is prescribed by your physician.
Alternatives to therapy include:
- Bi-Level PAP ()
- Auto PAP ()
- Oral appliances
Benefits of CPAP/BIPAP treatment may include:
- More energy and greater attentiveness
- Lower blood pressure
- Decreased risk of:
- Heart Attacks
- Heart disease
- Automobile and work related accidents
- Memory loss
- Snoring stops
- Overall quality of life improves