Obstructive Sleep Apnea
After an at-home sleep study is performed, or if you have one performed in a medical facility and get a confirmed diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, you may begin OSA treatment right away. Sleep apnea treatment may take different forms at your Miami Beach sleep apnea dentist’s office, and most people with sleep apnea never require surgery, which is very good news.
While there are three types of sleep apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most common and occurs when the tissue in your airway becomes so relaxed that it blocks your airway. When this occurs, the sleeping person will choke and gasp for air in an effort to breathe while sleeping.
Stoppages in breathing due to a collapsed airway may occur hundreds of times per night and last ten seconds or more. There is no way to get a good night’s sleep if you struggle to breathe all night.
Snoring and sleep apnea typically go hand in hand, so if you snore, you likely have Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and if you have OSA, you likely snore. Snoring is the sound you produce when forcing air through a blocked airway or nasal passage. It is estimated that OSA affects 10% to 30% of adults in the United States.