What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea is estimated to effect 20 million people. It occurs when the airway becomes completely blocked and air is not able to move through the airway at all. This is more commonly called Obstructive Sleep Apnea because the airway is totally obstructed. This obstruction may occur anywhere from the area of the soft palate down to below the base of the tongue. When the airway is totally obstructed the patient will awaken many times during the night with a cough or gasping sound as an attempt is made to restore normal breathing.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Snoring
  • Non refreshing sleep
  • Daytime fatigue or daytime tiredness
  • History of falling asleep driving, watching TV or reading
  • Awaken during sleep coughing, choking or gasping
  • Morning headaches
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular disease

Disorders associated with Snoring/Sleep Apnea:

  • Gastric reflux or acid reflux with indigestion
  • Grinding of the teeth during sleep (Bruxism)
  • Diabetes
  • Mood swings
  • Symptoms of depression and anxiety

Are you at risk for Sleep Apnea?

  • Do you snore most nights (more than 3 nights per week)?
  • Is your snoring loud?
  • Has anyone told you that you stop breathing during sleep?
  • Is your neck size greater than 17 inches (male) or 15 inches (female)?:
  • Have you or are you being treated for high blood pressure?
  • Are you often sleepy or fall asleep driving, sitting and reading, watching TV or in quiet situations?
  • Have you been having problems with your memory or with your ability to concentrate?