Many people suffer from sleep disorders. Sleep apnea has two very different types. Sleep Apnea can divided into Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Central Sleep Apnea (CSA.) The cases and treatments for these two disorders are very different although the symptoms may be very similar. It is only appropriate for a dentist to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Upper airway collapse during sleep is the diagnostic feature of OSA. These episodes are recurrent ranging from hundreds to over a thousand per night in a severe sufferer. The upper airway collapse can be a partial obstruction (Hypopnea) or a complete obstruction (Apnea). The incident can last from seconds to minutes. According to “the Wisconsin Cohort Study” of 30-60 year old adults, 9-24% of men and 4-9% of women displayed OSA.
OSA is one of the most severely under-diagnosed conditions in our population. Ninety percent (90%) of humans living with OSA have not been diagnosed and over 95% have not been treated.
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