OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea)

Obstructive sleep apnea happens when something blocks or obstructs your airways while you sleep. When this blockage happens, your chest muscles and diaphragm have to work much harder to open that blocked airway and get oxygen into your lungs. Your breathing may commence with a gasp, snort or a jerk of your body. Whether you know it at the time or not, your body will sleep lighter and not receive enough rest. Another problem with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is that the amount of air your lungs and organs receive may be reduced, causing irregular heartbeat problems.

Some of the symptoms of OSA are warning signs such as:

  • Tiredness and fatigue during the day.
  • Having headaches in the morning.
  • Having problems concentrating and being forgetful.
  • Feeling depressed or irritable.
  • Being restless during your sleep.
  • Having issues with sex.
  • Night Sweats.
  • Snoring.
  • Waking up during the night and feeling like you are choking.
  • Having trouble waking up in the morning.
  • Your bed partner is complaining about you having any of these above symptoms.

Children may also have obstructive sleep apnea and experience such symptoms as:

  • Wetting the bed.
  • Drooling or choking.
  • Having a ribcage that moves in when the child exhales.
  • Having problems concentrating or staying awake at school.
  • Snoring.
  • Sleepiness.
  • Grinding their teeth.
  • Having significant pauses in breathing.
  • Sleeping in strange positions, or with the neck extended.

While these symptoms may indicate many different problems, they remain classic OSA symptoms.

Causes of OSA include being overweight, having a large neck, having small nose airways, having large tonsils and having an excess of tissue in the back of your throat. Smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure and being at risk for heart problems or stroke can also increase your chances of having OSA.

Our highly skilled dentist, Dr.Hoffpauir can provide you with a mouthpiece that looks like a fancy version of a sports mouth-guard that can help you with your sleep apnea. This mouthpiece enables the mouth and jaws to be in the proper position to keep your airways open and allow you to have a deep night’s sleep. To find out more about whether an obstructive sleep apnea mouthpiece will work in your situation, reach out to us today