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Obstructive Sleep Apnea

While we sleep, gravity and muscle relaxation allow the tongue and surrounding soft tissue to fall back into the throat area, collapsing the airway and obstructing the air flow. Common treatments include a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine (CPAP) or Continuous Open Airway Therapy (COAT).

Approximately 4 out of 10 CPAP patients do not use their CPAP machine, therefore, they aren’t treating their OSA.

Left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious and life-shortening consequences, including: Drug-resistant hypertension 83%, obesity 77%, erectile dysfunction 40%, congestive heart failure 76%, diabetes 59%, and coronary artery disease 76%.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

When we sleep, gravity and muscle relaxation allows the tongue and surrounding soft tissue to fall back into the throat area, collapsing the airway and obstructing air flow. This causes pauses in breathing which can occur hundreds of times per night, which dramatically reduces oxygen levels in the blood, straining the heart.

You may have Sleep Apnea if you:

  • Snore
  • Choke/gasp for air in your sleep
  • Are tired during the day
  • Have poor memory/forgetfulness
  • Multiple nighttime bathroom trips
  • Have headaches in the morning

Most of the time, the person sleeping is not aware of the breathing stoppages, but their body is, causing them to be tired during the day, which increases the risk of traffic accidents and work injuries.

Sleep Apnea Questionnaire

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