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Life With Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics - March 11, 2023 - 0 comments

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the airway becomes blocked during sleep, causing a person to wake up multiple times throughout the night. OSA is not only disruptive to sleep, but it can also have serious consequences for overall health and quality of life.

Symptoms of OSA

Living with obstructive sleep apnea begins with navigating its symptoms. These symptoms can be disruptive to daily life and impact work, school, and personal relationships. The most common symptoms of OSA include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Choking or gasping during sleep
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Morning headaches
  • Insomnia

Consequences of Untreated Sleep Apnea

Untreated OSA adds another layer of potential risks for people living with it. Life with untreated sleep apnea often comes with downstream effects like hypertension, stroke, and heart disease. It can also increase the risk of diabetes, depression, and anxiety. Additionally, untreated OSA can increase the risk of accidents and injuries, as well as impact quality of life.

Diagnosis and Treatment

The first step in treating OSA is to get a proper diagnosis. A sleep study is typically conducted to confirm a diagnosis of OSA. Once diagnosed, treatment options include lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, avoiding alcohol, and quitting smoking. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy is a common treatment option, and it involves wearing a mask that delivers air pressure to help keep the airway open. Oral appliances, such as a mandibular advancement device, can also be used to treat OSA. 

Living With OSA

Adjusting to treatment can be difficult, particularly for those who are new to CPAP therapy. Coping with the physical and emotional consequences of OSA can also be challenging. It’s important to manage the impact on relationships and work, and to find support and resources.

Consequences for Daily Life

OSA is a common condition that can have serious consequences for health and quality of life. It’s important to recognize the symptoms of OSA, understand the consequences of untreated OSA, and learn about the available treatment options. With the right diagnosis and treatment, it’s possible to improve symptoms and reduce the risk of complications. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of OSA, contact Dr. Buck at 206-316-8286.