Is restlessness a part of your daily routine?
If so, you may be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). In fact, many people thought to have ADHD actually suffer from undiagnosed OSA. Thousands of people are diagnosed with the condition each year; however, as many as 90% go undiagnosed. Sleep Apnea starves the body for oxygen all night. The symptoms such as headaches and daytime sleepiness are so common that many don’t think of these problems as serious. Because the symptoms are not overly alarming, most do not seek diagnosis, much less treatment. The lack of perceived need for diagnosis and treatment makes Sleep Apnea that much more dangerous.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Apnea literally means “Without Breath.” Sleep apnea is a night-time condition that causes the patient to stop breathing many times throughout the night. The patient must stop breathing at least 10 seconds to be considered an Apnea Event. Some of these events can last for over a minute! Imagine trying to sleep while being forced to hold your breath for over a minute at a time. Sleep Apnea is diagnosed as one of three types: Obstructive, Complex, or Central Sleep Apnea. Although the cause is different for each, all three types of Sleep Apnea produce periods “without breathe.”
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is just that – there is some kind of obstruction or blockage of the airway. The blockage that occurs within the airway is usually a collapse of the soft tissue in the airway. In Central Sleep Apnea the brain simply forgets to tell the body to breathe. Complex Sleep Apnea is a combination of the two. This makes diagnosis even more vital as it’s important to not only know if you have Sleep Apnea, but it’s crucial to know what type you have so the proper treatment is prescribed.
Sleep Apnea Testing
A sleep study (also called a polysomnogram) is required to diagnose Sleep Apnea, its severity,and whether Obstructive, Central or Complex. Sleep studies can be conducted in a sleep laboratory or at home using an ambulatory sleep study device. In either case, the tests are completely painless and just take one night. The results are analyzed by a physician who will then give a definitive diagnosis. From there, Dr. Hair can help you find the treatment that is right for you.
Have Your Sleep Apnea Treated Today!
If you’re unsure that you have Sleep Apnea, a simple screening test can help Dr. Hair direct you to the appropriate sleep physician for a definitive diagnosis. While you are at Dr. Hair’s office, another test can help determine your success with an Oral Appliance before any money is spent towards that appliance. We want to help you because we know there is true danger behind untreated or improperly treated sleep apnea!
Call our office today. 770.949.1005