What Is Sleep Apnea ?
Sleep apnea is a disorder that prevents the body from getting a sufficient amount of oxygen during sleep. During times of sleep, the sleep apnea victim or patient literally stops breathing for small periods of time, creating an extremely dangerous situation. Over 12 million Americans have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and that figure includes women, men, and children though most of victims are older, male adults. Sleep apnea is also known as obstructive sleep apnea and it’s the most common form. Throat blockage, mostly from the tongue or palate, is what gives obstructive sleep apnea its name - but it’s only one form. Two other forms are central sleep apnea and mixed sleep apnea.
OSA is a serious medical condition that is often under-diagnosed and causes declines in one’s quality of life. Our office is proud to offer oral appliances for mild-to-moderate sleep disorders such as OSA. Call us today about getting tested for OSA in the comfortable surrounding of your own home!