What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

The Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and closes during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer.
It is a very serious disorder.


What are the consequences of obstructive sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea can have significant consequences. Untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotency, and headaches. Moreover, untreated obstructive sleep apnea may be responsible for job impairment and motor vehicle crashes.

 

Fortunately, obstructive sleep apnea can be diagnosed and treated. If suspected, people must seek a proper medical advice from a family practitioner or a specialist (pulmonologist, neurologist, otolaryngologist, sleep specialist). You can go to a sleep center or a laboratory in order to be tested. If the studies show you have obstructive sleep apnea several treatment options exist according to the severity of your obstructive sleep apnea. One of them is the mandibular advancement device Snorflex®, in case of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (Apnea Hypopnea Index, AHI < 30).