What is the difference between snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
Snoring is a noisy breathing during sleep. It is a common problem among all ages and both genders, and it affects approximately 90 million American adults – 37 million on a regular basis. While you sleep, the muscles of your throat relax, your tongue falls backward, and your throat becomes narrow and “floppy”.
As you breathe, the walls of the throat begin to vibrate. These vibrations lead to the characteristic sound of snoring. The narrower your airway becomes, the greater the vibration and the louder your snoring.
Sometimes the walls of the throat collapse completely so that there is no airflow at all, creating a condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (cessation of breathing). This is a life-threatening condition which requires medical attention.
When the body does not receive any oxygen, the body momentarily wakes up. It can happen so fast that you may not be aware you woke up. This can happen hundreds of times a night and you may wake up in the morning feeling unrefreshed
Sleep Apnea Can Cause
- Heart Failure
- Lung Problems
- Memory Loss
- Gastic Reflux
- Morning Headaches
- Impaired Concentration
- Decreased Sex Drive
Signs of OSA
OSA patients are often older, obese and have thick necks, but men and women of any age or body type can have sleep apnea. The sleep disorder progressively worsens with age and weight gain. Listed below are some common signs of OSA:
– Unintentionally falling asleep during the day
– General daytime sleepiness
– Un-refreshed sleep
– Waking from sleep with a choking sound or gasping for breath
– Loud snoring
If you have these symptoms, you might have OSA and Dr. Aunon and Dr. Cruz will recommend you schedule an appointment at an AASM Accredited Sleep Center for an overnight sleep study.
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Once you are diagnosed with OSS, Dr. Jose Aunon and Dr. Maria Cruz can provide treatment utilizing an Oral Appliance Therapy. Oral appliance therapy repositions the lower jaw and tongue to keep the airway open and reduce or eliminate apneic events. The oral appliance is molded to the inside of your mouth and worn at night