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Obstructive sleep apnea refers to a blockage of the upper airway during sleep that causes one to stop breathing periodically. This may leave people tired after a full night's rest. Significant factors in sleep apnea will be analyzed during this screening, including snoring, fatigue, history, neck circumference, etc.

The consequences of untreated sleep apnea are as follows:

  • Increased risk of death
  • Risk of high blood pressure
  • Risk of coronary artery disease
  • Risk of stroke
  • Impairment of memory, cognition
  • Risk of heart failure
  • Risk of diabetes mellitus 

Treatment Options:

Treatment plans vary based on each individual patient.

  • Plan A is always simple things like weight loss, exercise, sleep positioning, nasal steroid spray, breathe-rite strips, and even dental appliances.
  • Plan B is usually a type of CPAP. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. It is a device that the patient wears (like a nose or face mask) that keeps the tissues from collapsing by continuously blowing positive air pressure into the nose.
  • Plan C is surgery. This can vary from nasal airway surgery all the way to tonsil and palatal surgery and even involve the base of the tongue.

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