Dr. Charles Schumacher knows that you may have questions about snoring and sleep apnea. Additionally, some of our patients want to learn more about the available treatment options. That’s why our team has created this page of useful information to answer as many of these questions you have as possible.
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What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a severe medical condition that restricts a person’s airway while they sleep. This lack of breathing is caused when tissues in the throat collapse, preventing air from traveling to the lungs. Breathing is a vital function, so when your sleep pattern is disrupted, it can cause extreme sleepiness and fatigue during the day.
What are the symptoms of OSA?
Daytime and nighttime symptoms vary, but both are hard to identify without professional help. If you or someone you care about exhibits signs of any of the symptoms below, please seek advice from Dr. Schumacher, our Farmington sleep dentist.
- Excessive daytime fatigue
- Feeling drowsy/sleepy during routine activities
- Depression or irritability
- Early morning headaches
- Poor concentration
- Restless sleep
- Loud or disruptive snoring
- Choking or gasping for air during sleep
- Frequent urination
- Witnessed pauses in breathing
What are the potential consequences of OSA if left untreated?
Whether you’re diagnosed or not, if you don’t seek treatment, in some rare cases, sleep apnea can cause death. Other consequences range from heart disease and heart attack to high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and a decrease in your overall quality of life.
If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact our office to discuss your treatment options with Dr. Schumacher. He will help you get the diagnosis and treatment that you deserve.
What can increase your risk of developing OSA?
Sleep apnea can affect people of all ages and sizes, but there are a few physical traits that put you at an increased risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea. For example, if you’re overweight or obese, it is easier to develop sleep apnea due to excess tissue in your throat. Other physical traits that are attributed to sleep apnea are having excess tissue in the back of the throat or certain jaw characteristics. However, even slim people can have snoring and sleep apnea.