Are you frequently tired throughout the day?
Do you ever wake up with a headache, or just feel like you didn’t get any sleep? Has your spouse moved to the spare bedroom because he/she is exhausted from listening to you snore, gasp, and choke every night? If so, you might have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which affects more than 18 million American adults—now that’s a lot! So, if this is the case, how can you tell if you have sleep apnea? The only real way is to participate in a sleep study provided by Dr. Pira Sadeghi of TMJ & Sleep Apnea Help Center in Glendale, CA and surrounding areas, but there are some common signs of sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea refers to the disruption of sleep to due to a breathing disorder, and it is a life threatening condition. Apnea events are those in which breathing stops and starts repeatedly during sleep. There are a few different types, but the most common is known as “Obstructive Sleep Apnea” or OSA, in which the throat muscles relax and block the airway during sleep. Anyone can develop OSA, but the most common patients are middle-aged adults and those who are overweight. Another form of apnea is “Central Sleep Apnea” or CSA, where the central nervous system disrupts the normal breathing patterns.
In 2006 the specialists in the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) confirmed that:
- Oral Appliances (the same as made by Dr. Pira Sadeghi in the greater Los Angeles area) are the first treatment option for both mild and moderate forms of OSA
- Oral appliances can be used on patients who are CPAP intolerant, meaning that they cannot wear CPAP due to various reasons
- CPAP is the best treatment option for those with severe sleep apnea
Often times, even for those with OSA, dual therapy with both CPAP and oral appliance can greatly reduce the apneic events.