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Obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is defined as the cessation of airflow during sleep preventing air from entering the

lungs caused by an obstruction. These periods of 'stopping breathing' only become clinically significant if the cessation lasts for more than 10 seconds each time and occur more than 5 times every hour.


Snoring is caused by a narrowing of your airway, either from poor sleep posture or abnormalities of the soft tissues in your throat. A narrow airway gets in the way of smooth breathing and creates the sound of snoring.


OSA Nighttime Symptoms

  • loud Snoring with choking
  • Apnea
  • Nocturnal gasping
  • Nocturnal palpitation
  • Frequent awakenings
  • Nocturia/anerusis
  • Trashing in bed
  • Impotence


OSA Daytime Symptoms

  • Morning fatigue
  • Unrefreshing sleep
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Memory problems
  • Morning headaches
  • Morning dry mouth
  • Difficulty concentrating


Obstructive Sleep Apnoea risk of long term consequences

  • Heart attacks
  • Abnormal rhythm
  • Poor quality of life
  • Strokes
  • Heart failure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Car accidents


Who is risk for sleep apnea ?

  • Obesity
  • Older
  • Certain shapes of the palate and jaw
  • Large tonsils and adenoids in children
  • Large neck or collar size
  • Large tongue
  • Nasal obstruction
  • Narrow Airway

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