Obstructive Sleep Apnea is now recognized as a serious health threat which affects millions of men and women. There are many causes for this disorder, however often times during sleep the tongue relaxes and falls back against the throat. When obstructive sleep apnea occurs, the tongue is sucked against the back of the throat. This blocks the upper airway and air flow stops. When the oxygen level in the brain becomes low enough the sleeper partially awakens, the obstruction in the throat clears and the flow of air starts again, usually with a loud gasp. In severe cases this may occur over 30 times an hour.
People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have disrupted sleep and low blood oxygen levels. OSA has been associated with cardiovascular problems and excessive daytime sleepiness. This can affect their ability to function in the workplace and cause increases in motor vehicle accidents.
Snoring alone, although not as serious, may significantly affect relationships between couples. It is extremely important that these conditions are properly evaluated and diagnosed.
Many non-surgical and surgical options exist for the management of these serious conditions. Drs. Glen R. and Dustin H. Kreitzberg will assist you in obtaining proper care.