Here are a few questions to ask yourself to determine the likelihood that you may suffer from OSA.
- Is your snoring louder than talking or loud enough to be heard through closed doors?
- Do you often feel tired, fatigued, or sleepy during the day?
- Has anyone observed you stop breathing during your sleep?
- Do you have or are being treated for High Blood Pressure?
- Is your Body Mass Index more than 35?
- Are you older than 50?
- Is your neck size greater than 16 inches?
- Are you male?
If you answered “yes” to 4 or more of these questions you may be at risk for OSA and would qualify for a consultation and a possible at home sleep study.
What are the Serious Effects of Sleep Apnea?
If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a growing number of health problems, including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart failure, irregular heart beats, and heart attacks
- Worsening of ADHD
In addition, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for poor performance in everyday activities, such as at work and school, motor vehicle crashes, and academic underachievement in children and adolescents.
I Have Already Been Diagnosed with Sleep Apnea
You may already know you have OSA and been prescribed a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure). Many patients who currently use a CPAP find them to be cumbersome, loud and claustrophobic and do not use them on a daily basis due to these issues. If your condition is not too severe, you may be eligible for a simple customized Dental Appliance to remedy your condition.