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Sleep Apnea in winchester, vA
What Is Sleep Apnea?
OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA (OSA) IS WHEN BREATHING STOPS OR IS SIGNIFICANTLY DECREASED ONE OR MORE TIMES DURING SLEEP.
A more technical description, is when the airflow is decreased by at least 80% for more than 10 seconds. These interruptions in airflow can happen 30 or more times an hour. What happens is that:
We estimate that 17-20% of adults suffer from some degree of OSA, but less than 10% have been diagnosed. This makes it more prevalent than diabetes or asthma. An even greater percentage, up to 65% depending on the study you look at, experience heavy snoring.
THE CHANGES OF OSA INCREASES IF YOU ARE OVERWEIGHT BUT ANYONE CAN BE AFFECTED, EVEN YOUNG ADULTS.
5 Major signs to look for if you suspect you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea:
WHY DO I NEED A SLEEP STUDY?
By Virginia law, a dentist is not allowed to make you an oral appliance before a sleep study has been performed. This is to ensure we know the severity of your sleep apnea before we start treatment.
IS SLEEP APNEA DANGEROUS?
Sleep apnea is increasingly being recognized as a serious medical problem. Untreated, it can lead to high blood pressure, which we know increases the risk of stroke and other heart related problems. The ongoing tiredness and fatigue decreases your performance at work and/or school and you can endanger others while driving or operating heavy machinery.
THERE ARE A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT THINGS YOU CAN DO TO TREAT OSA:
DIFFERENT KINDS OF SLEEP APNEA DEVICES:
Below are videos that show different types of Sleep Apnea Devices. We now almost exclusively use the Micro2 device, as this is the smallest and most comfortable device currently on the market.