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Sleep Apnea

You Deserve Restful Sleep

What is Sleep Apnea?

 

Sleep apnea is a sleep-related breathing disorder that causes your oxygen levels to drop while you are sleeping. There are 2 types of sleep apnea: Obstructive and Central. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is caused by a physical obstruction of your airway, while you are asleep, which results in cutting off your oxygen supply. Essentially, you are suffocating. Central sleep apnea (CSA) is caused by a malfunction in the brain that sends the signal for us to breathe. You basically "forget" to breathe. CSA is more complicated to treat than OSA. Some patients can have a combination of both OSA and CSA.

Many patients never realize that they might have a potential sleep apnea issue because they may not experience any common symptoms such as excessive daytime fatigue. This is why screening by a knowledgeable healthcare provider is crucial.

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale questionnaire helps to assess daytime fatigue - a risk factor for sleep apnea.

Are you at risk?

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How is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?

 

A sleep physician will order a sleep test (either in-home or in-lab study). Based upon the results, the sleep physician will make a diagnosis. Only a sleep medicine physician can make this diagnosis. A dentist cannot diagnose sleep apnea.

Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea

Depending on the severity and type of sleep apnea, your sleep physician will make recommendations for positional therapy, PAP therapy, dietary counseling and oral appliance therapy.

Dr. Wang is a board certified Orofacial Pain specialist with additional training and accreditation by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. If you have been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, tried PAP therapy and it's not working for you, contact us to determine if you are a candidate for oral appliance therapy. Please note that oral appliance therapy is not appropriate for those diagnosed with primary Central Sleep Apnea.

Health Risks for Untreated Sleep Apnea

Diseases Related to Untreated Sleep Apnea

Stroke

High blood pressure

Coronary artery disease

Congestive heart failure

High cholesterol

Asthma

Diabetes (Type 2)

Obesity

GERD/Reflux

Fatty liver

Symptoms of
Untreated Sleep Apnea

Poor quality sleep

Daytime sleepiness

Frequent nighttime urination

Mood disturbances

Loud snoring

Gasping for air during sleep

Difficulty paying attention

Waking with a dry mouth

Sexual dysfunction

Morning headache

If you have been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea contact us to discuss treatment options.

Call us today: 773.873.6372

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