Are You One of the Millions of Americans Suffering From Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, occurs while an individual sleeps and their tongue rolls backward, blocking their airway. This blockage can occur from 10-100 times an hour for up to 90 seconds at a time. Experiencing 15-30 OSA events per hour is considered having moderate sleep apnea. During these episodes, there is a reduced level of oxygen exchange. OSA episodes can cause serious vital organ damage when occurring for several hours a night.
Approximately 40 million adults suffer from some form of OSA, and up to 90% of those individuals are undiagnosed. Fortunately, physicians and dentists can work together to find the best solution to treat OSA with the goal of maintaining a positive, unobstructed airway throughout the night. If you suspect you may have OSA, ask your physician and dentist what you can do to improve your overall health and get back to having a healthy night’s sleep.