Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a disorder in which the airway is blocked causing a reduction or cessation in airflow. This is a widespread disorder that is under diagnosed and is more deadly than cigarette smoking. The average decrease in lifespan is approximately 15 years compared to 7 for smoking.
Some common indicators of OSA are excessive daytime sleepiness, snoring, hypertension, type II diabetes, teeth grinding, clenching, and chronic headaches. There are many more indicators suggestive of OSA. It is imperative that health care providers well versed in sleep medicine are consulted.
Please refer to our October 2012 blog archive page, under the Our Blog navigation on this web site, for a more thorough discussion.
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