What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Edmond, Lawton, Norman and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of sleep apnea, and it is a potentially life-threatening condition that affects millions of Americans.

OSA occurs when your airway is blocked during sleep, typically when the tissue in the back of your throat collapses. This blockage prevents adequate airflow, limits oxygen circulation and causes interruptions in your breathing as you sleep.

Oklahoma City dentist Dr. Terry Bass has extensive experience helping those who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea receive the treatment they need to restore regular, restful sleep.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Loud snoring is the most common symptom of OSA, but those with sleep apnea generally suffer from multiple symptoms that may also include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Insomnia
  • Waking short of breath

If not treated, OSA can contribute to severe health problems.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Risks

As if preventing you from receiving sound, nightly sleep isn’t bad enough, OSA also deprives you of sufficient oxygen and may increase your risk for health problems including:

  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Heart attack
  • High blood pressure
  • Hypertension
  • Stroke

OSA can also result in delayed reaction time and brief periods of dozing, which can be dangerous when driving a car or operating other machinery.

Fortunately, there are a number of sleep apnea treatments available. Your sleep apnea consultation can determine the best option for your individual condition.

If you live in the Edmond or Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, areas and would like to learn more about OSA treatment, please contact experienced sleep apnea dentist Dr. Terry Bass.

Terry Bass
Terry Bass DDS
2816 NW 58th Street, Suite 105
Oklahoma City , OK , 73112

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