Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is when a person stops breathing during sleep because his or her airway collapses and prevents air from getting into the lungs.

Symptoms

There are some easy-to-identify signs and symptoms associated with OSA.

If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, you may suffer from OSA.
Additional symptoms include morning headache, difficulty concentrating, depression, irritability, memory loss and sexual dysfunction.

What happens if OSA is not treated?

People who do not seek diagnosis and effective treatment for OSA can be at an increased risk for:

What treatments are available for OSA?

The most common treatment is: CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) pronounced see-PAP. CPAP equipment treats OSA by providing a gentle flow of positive-pressure air through a nasal mask to keep the airway open during sleep.

What is CPAP Therapy?


Less Common treatments include surgery and oral appliances. These treatments may be effective in certain individuals.
All treatments should include lifestyle modifications, such as, weight loss, if needed, exercise, sufficient hours of sleep and avoidance of alcohol, sedatives, hypnotics and tobacco.
Treatment of sleep apnea requires commitment to using the therapy regularly if the greatest benefits are to be recognized. Therapy is often more successful when you understand the disorder and the importance of regularly using the prescribed treatment. The more you know about your disorder, the easier it will be to discuss with your doctor any problems you may experience.