Obstructed Sleep Apnea (OSA)
What is Obstructed Sleep Apnea?
Often in society, we think of snoring as a somewhat annoying but harmless condition. However, snoring can in some cases be a sign of Obstructed Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA is a condition in which changes in the walls of the throat whilst sleeping interrupt breathing. This causes sufferers to experience regularly interrupted sleep, which can have a big impact on their quality of life.
Symptoms of OSA include:
- Pauses in breathing, snorts, and gasps
- Heavy breathing whilst sleeping
- Restless sleep and sleeping in unusual positions
As a result of a poor sleep, other symptoms may include:
- Difficultly waking in the morning
- Tired throughout the day
- Attention or other behavior problems
Treatment for OSA
There are many things that can be done in order to reduce the symptoms of OSA.
Things that can be done at home:
- Attempt to sleep on your side as oppose to your back
- Always breath through your nose throughout the day when possible (use nasal aids at night and Chin UP Strips if necessary)
- If overweight, reduce your body mass index (BMI)
Things that can be done at Parkway Smiles Dental:
- Orthodontics treatments that create more tongue space by expanding dental arches and bringing the lower jaw forward. This could involve Braces, Invisalign, and Myobrace.
- Myofunction Therapy to strengthen muscles around the airway.
- Snoring Appliance (also known as a Mandibular Advancement Device): This works by holding the lower jaw forward to open the airway behind the tongue
Other Professional Treatments:
- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Therapy
- Surgical Options: Removing tissue around the airway (part of the soft palate, tonsils, adenoids, and uvula), and orthodontics with surgical advancement of one or both jaws.
Obstructed Sleep Alnea (OSA) in Children
As well as affecting adults, OSA also affects children, in fact, children are much more sensitive to OSA than adults. All the symptoms and treatments listed above are applicable to children, with the addition of signs such as bedwetting. In children, OSA can affect school performance; children with OSA also get mislabeled as having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or other learning problems.
At Parkway Smiles Dental, we are here to advise, assist, and help you in treating OSA. If you believe that you or a family member are suffering from OSA, or if you need any further information or a consultation, then contact us now on our phone number (403) 452-2833 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.