OSA or Obstructive Sleep Apnea can cause low levels of oxygen in the blood, therefore increase your heart rate in which causes you to have increased breathing effort. Sleep apnea and other sleep disorders affect one in five adults in the United States, in which most of the population is not even aware of that risk, and more than 85% of the people who have sleep apnea, have never been diagnosed by the physicians.
Are you at Risk for Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea and Sleepiness can cause people to be tired during the whole day, even if the person had nine hours of sleep. Not all people who Snore have Obstructive Sleep apnea, but usually all people who have OSA, they Snore. Partners or bed partners usually can hear People with Osa gasping for air, or holding their breath. It is common for a patient diagnosed with OSA to have HIGH Blood Pressure. Possibility of OSA exists in overweight individuals or patients with a larger tongue.
A person with OSA is generally unaware of the problem. A bed partner might hear snoring and on some occasion, the person is gasping for air. Sleep apnea occurs when the airway is partially or completely blocked so air is blocked into getting in the lungs, in which can happen many times during the sleep, this blockage can happen as little as 5 to more than 100 times in an hour, without the person being aware!
OSA can be Linked to other Serious risks, including but not limited to the following :
Heart Failure, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Stroke, Diabetes, Car accidents, Excessive Heartburn, and Acid Reflux, Erectile Dysfunction, Obesity, Excessive tiredness, and weight gain.
Who Should treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea,(OSA) ?
Many Sleep doctors make OSA a priority in their practice.
The Dentists who treat sleep apnea or snoring are especially qualified, since during the dental treatment, they are aware of large tongues obstructing air way , when the patient is in supine position , or observe breathing patterns while doing dental treatment to suspect possible OSA.These dentist are also qualified to deliver sleep apnea , or anti snoring devices , in which are special appliances to move the jaw forward, hence opening the airway for the patient.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine in conjunction with American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine have created particular guidelines, that Dentists such as Dr Mobasser will follow when treating OSA. Please be aware that stop snoring or OSA appliances sold on TV or the commercials, rarely works and can cause serious problems. It is of vital importance to see a Health care professional regarding both snoring, or treatment.
The Sleep Study
This a must to find the diagnosis, and the Category one is in. Sleep study can be done in sleep centers, hospitals , or sleep lab, in which the person is hooked up to many sensors , and a technician will monitor the patient all night long, many patients have found that uncomfortable due to the number of sensors hooked on, in addition to using a bed which is not your own. Fortunately today there are tests that can be done in your own bed, with much less uncomfortable sensors, in which the patient wears the device for a couple of nights, and the results will be interpreted by a team of experts, including a Board Certified Physician in Sleep Medicine will determine if you are experiencing Sleep Apnea during sleep.
Treatment Options From Most Invasive To Least Invasive:
1-Surgery: Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), or Tracheostomy, or Maxillomandibular Advancement.
3- Oral Appliance Therapy: These sleep apnea and snoring devices, are the appliances that your Sleep apnea dentist can deliver and adjust for the patient, of course after the initial diagnosis and recommendation from the Board Certified Sleep Doctor. Per Dr. Mobasser the Diagnosis of Board-certified Sleep Doctor is a MUST, before any dentist starts fabricating anti snoring, or snoring dental device, in which the patient must know the pros and cons of each treatment and recommendations given by Sleep Physician Specialist. Dr. Mobasser will evaluate what Best appliance fits your needs.
4-Sleep Hygiene: in which the patient must avoid sleeping on their back, lose weight, limit alcohol intake, and do not take sleeping pills.
If you are at all wondering and concerned, regarding Snoring, or Sleep Apnea discuss and have a consultation with Dr. Anthony Mobasser, in which he serves Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Hollywood area at his private dental practice.