Sleep Apnea Defined

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Understanding Sleep Apnea
and how it may be affecting you.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) impacts tens of millions of Americans, the vast majority of whom are undiagnosed. This disorder disrupts your sleep and day-to-day well-being while carrying significant health risks.

Over 30 million Americans struggle with sleep apnea, with over 80% of them undiagnosed.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea, and OSA occurs when the tongue, soft palate, and muscles of the throat relax excessively, leading to a partial or complete obstruction of the airway. This results in intermittent pauses in breathing during sleep, causing disruptions known as apneas. This leads to reduced oxygen intake and frequent awakenings, often resulting in chronic daytime fatigue, loud snoring, and an increased risk of serious health conditions. OSA not only disrupts sleep quality but also poses significant long-term health risks if left untreated.

Are You at Risk?

Do you find yourself desparate for a nap and unable to figure out why you’re so tired all the time? You may have undiscovered risks of obstructive sleep apnea! We’re here to help – fill out our free screener and our team will analyze it and discuss your results!

Risk Factors of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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Excess Weight

Obesity, especially when there’s excess fat around the neck, can contribute to airway obstruction.

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Age

Sleep apnea is more common in older adults, with the risk increasing as individuals age.

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Gender

Men are generally at a higher risk for sleep apnea than women, though the risk for women rises if they are overweight, and it also increases after menopause.

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Medical Conditions

Conditions such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, anxiety, depression, and cardiovascular diseases can be associated with a higher risk of sleep apnea.

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Family History

A family history of sleep apnea may elevate your risk, suggesting a potential genetic component.

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Smoking & Vaping

Smokers are at a higher risk due to the inflammation and fluid retention that smoking can cause in the airway.

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Alcohol & Sedative Use

The use of substances that relax the muscles, such as alcohol and certain medications, can contribute to airway collapse.

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Nasal Congestion

Conditions that obstruct nasal passages, like a deviated septum or chronic nasal congestion, may increase the risk.

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Sleep Position

Sleeping on your back may increase the likelihood of airway obstruction compared to sleeping on your side.

Common Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea symptoms can often overlap with other health conditions, making it difficult to know if you have the condition. If you experience any of the following, it’s crucial to seek evaluation and testing for potential diagnosis:

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Common Symptoms

  • Loud Snoring
  • Gasping or Choking
  • Daytime Fatigue
  • Morning Headaches
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Restless Sleep
  • Frequent Urination at Night
  • Dry Mouth or Sore Throat
  • Impaired Cognition
  • Absence of Dreams
  • Night Sweats
  • Night Terrors

If you identify with these symptoms, it’s best to get evaluated by a sleep professional and take a sleep test. Testing can ensure that you receive an accurate diagnosis. Early detection and treatment can significantly improve your sleep quality while reducing future health risks.

Sleep apnea poses various risks to both your short-term well-being and long-term health. Common risks include:

Impact of Untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Daytime Fatigue

Persistent interruptions in sleep can lead to excessive daytime sleepiness, impairing cognitive function and increasing the risk of accidents.

Cardiovascular Issues

Untreated sleep apnea is linked to an elevated risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke due to the strain on the cardiovascular system.

Metabolic Consequences

 Sleep apnea may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Weight Gain

The hormonal imbalances caused by sleep apnea can disrupt appetite regulation, potentially leading to weight gain.

Mood Disorders

Sleep apnea is associated with an increased likelihood of developing mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.

Decreased Quality of Life

The cumulative impact of disrupted sleep which requires frequent naps during the day, and always feeling tired or short-tempered. You end up spending less time with your family or doing your favorite activities.

How We Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Our process to treat sleep apnea starts with a consultation, followed by an at-home sleep test.

From there, we’ll refer you to a physician who can provide an accurate diagnosis and prescribe oral appliance therapy. We focus on an individualized approach that allows you to find a treatment that meets your personal preferences while addressing obstacles preventing you from getting the sleep you deserve. 

Certain insurance plans require a physician’s recommendation before the sleep test.  Our office will coordinate the physician consultation and testing for you. 

It is best to see us first to obtain the most efficient and quickest path to treatment.  

Getting Started is Easy!

Treating your obstructive sleep apnea shouldn’t wait – our team is ready to help you with customized treatment today.

Our clinic is conveniently located in SW Portland near Washington Square Mall and serves the Portland metro area.