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Dental Solutions for Sleep | What is OSA? in Jackson

Dr. Robert Hopper

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468 N Parkway
Jackson, TN 38305


What is OSA?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a very common and possibly life-threatening respiratory disorder that prevents airflow during sleep. It is identified as a stopping of all nasal and oral breathing, despite diaphragm activity, for 10 seconds or longer at a time. People with OSA may also snore loudly This serious disorder is very common and affects more that 18 million Americans, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

When you suffer from OSA, you are missing out on two of the most important aspects of living a healthy life; breathing and sleeping. The impact this has not only reduces the quality of life, but it can also have an adverse impact on your health. OSA may be associated with serious and life-shortening consequences including irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, automobile accidents caused by falling asleep at the wheel, diabetes, and even depression, therefore, early recognition and treatment is very important.

The following symptoms may suggest a need for concern about a sleep apnea problem:

Headache upon awakening
Daytime Sleepiness
Grinding/Clenching Teeth at Night
Gasping/Choking at Night

There are three treatments for OSA; Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), Surgery, and the Oral Appliance Therapy. Oral Appliances can be just as effective for the treatment of OSA as CPAP therapy and can be used alone or inconjunction with it or surgery.