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What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?

About 18 million North Americans suffer with the life threatening condition of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a breathing disorder characterized by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. This often accompanies snoring. It is caused by the soft palate, the tongue, uvula or tonsils relaxing and sagging during sleep.
Common Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • • Loud Snoring
  • • Memory Loss
  • • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
  • • Impaired Concentration
  • • Irritability
  • • Morning Headache
 

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Common health problems associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • • High Blood Pressure
  • • Increased risk of Heart Attack
  • • Increased risk of Stroke
  • • Depression
  • • Sexual Dysfunction
  • • Learning and Memory difficulties
  • • Increased risk of car accidents
  • • ADHD in children
  • • Bedwetting in children
OSA is diagnosed by a physician using a sleep study device. Oral appliances work well with mild to moderate sleep apnea. They are used when patients can not tolerate the CPAP bulky breathing machine and prefer an oral appliance. They are good for candidates where surgery is not advised. These appliances work by keeping the lower jaw and the tongue from falling back while sleeping and obstructing the airway.