Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects more than 18-22 million adults in the U.S.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is more than just a severe form of snoring. Sleep apnea occurs when soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep and blocks the airway, which causes a gap in breathing and, as a result, a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream. The brain, sensing this lack of oxygen, automatically signals the sleeping person to breathe, effectively waking them up, even if they are unaware of this happening. Once the person controls their breathing and everything is back in balance, they’ll fall back to sleep, but the above process can occur up to 100+ times an hour, making a full night’s sleep nearly impossible.
Untreated, OSA can cause fatigue, trouble concentrating, dry mouth and sore throat, or any number of other symptoms. Over time, it’s a risk factor for heart attack, stroke, diabetes and other serious conditions.
Dental sleep medicine is an area of dental practice that focuses on the use of oral appliance therapy to treat sleep-disordered breathing. Research shows that this therapy can be an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
Dr. Lazarus has begun an extensive study into sleep apnea diagnosis and therapy. He looks forward to helping people sleep better and quieter after the completion of his studies. If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, call us today for more information on the treatment options we offer.