Sleep Apnea Specialist - San Marcos
Obstructive Sleep apnea is a "Sleeping Disorder". This specific form is caused by obstruction (blockage) of the airway. As our San Marcos sleep apnea specialist explains, there is so much blockage of the airway that the patient is unable to breathe. The impulse to breathe is there, but the tube through which the air must travel is pinched off closed. After several seconds (any where from 5 to 30 seconds, sometimes longer) of not breathing, the patient is awakened enough to gasp for air before falling back sleep. This can occur several times throughout the night. The severity of the OSA depends on the length of the bouts of not breathing and how many times they occur nightly. Our San Marcos sleep apnea dentist further explains this deadly disease.
San Marcos Sleep Apnea Dentist Explains Consequences of OSA
Research has shown that people who suffer from sleep apnea have more medical problems. They visit their doctors more, spend more on healthcare services and medications and lose more time from their work and family as a result. They usually develop high blood pressure, heart disease, weight gain, diabetes, Alzheimer's and more. They are more prone to get into an auto accident (falling sleep behind the wheel). They also tend to be less productive at work.
Sleep Apnea Therapy - San Marcos
Treatment depends on the severity of the problem and the cause. For mild and moderate forms of OSA, oral appliance therapy is the recommended choice per American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). For more severe forms CPAP is usually necessary, but it could be made more tolerable with combination of oral appliance therapy and a CPAP.
Our doctor can help explain this disorder more fully during your consultation. To schedule your consultation, contact our staff.