Obstructive sleep apnea (OAS) is a potentially serious sleep disorder. It causes breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep.
There are several types of sleep apnea, but the most common is obstructive sleep apnea. This type of apnea occurs when your throat muscles relax and block your airway during sleep. A noticeable sign of obstructive sleep apnea is loud snoring.
Other signs of OAS include: daytime sleepiness, falling asleep when at rest, bed partner observing breathing cessation during sleep, morning headache or dry mouth, mood changes, and difficulty concentrating throughout the day.
Anyone can develop OAS. However, certain factors put you at increased risk, including: obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, narrowed airway, and asthma.
If you suspect that you or a family member may be suffering from sleep apnea, give us a call. Dr. Edmondson will do an evaluation and discuss your treatment options, which may include having a sleep study to determine the severity and a custom made oral device.