Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a type of sleep breathing disorder. OSA is a medical condition characterized by interruptions and pauses in breathing while asleep. These interruptions are caused by obstructions in the airway, such as the tongue rolling back in the throat or the soft tissues of the throat collapsing inward. Interruptions and pauses in breathing can occur many times throughout the night, lasting from a few sections to nearly a full minute. These interruptions cause your sleep to be fragmented and reduce the oxygen levels in your body.
Many people who suffer from sleep apnea are unaware that they have this condition. In fact, sleep apnea is often noticed first by others who see their loved ones sleeping and realize that something unusual is occurring while their loved one is asleep.
Some common symptoms of OSA include:
- Choking or gasping sounds and sensations while asleep
- Excessive daytime drowsiness (hypersomnia)
- Long pauses in breathing
- Headache upon waking
- A dry mouth or sore throat upon waking
- Waking abruptly during the night
- Waking with shortness of breath
- Poor, fitful or restless sleep
- Memory impairment and difficulty focusing
- Depression, irritability and mood changes
Sleep apnea can be incredibly dangerous to your overall health, contributing to liver problems, high blood pressure, heart disease, weight gain, hormone produce, problems with the immune system and many other serious medical conditions.
Our caring dentist provides sleep apnea treatments to help you manage this condition so that you can get the rest you need and enjoy improved health and a better quality of life.
Call Charlotte Sleep Solutions today at 704-900-5284 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stella O. Nnadi and learn more about treatments for sleep apnea in Charlotte, North Carolina. We look forward to meeting with you soon.