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More About Obstructive Sleep Apnea

If you suspect that you may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea and hesitate to pursue or complete treatment, take a look at some of the most common signs and symptoms of OSA. The number beside each item indicates how often people diagnosed with OSA exhibit that particular symptom. For example, 78% of people diagnosed with OSA also exhibit Excessive Daytime Sleepiness.

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness- 78%
  • Restless sleep- 100%
  • Snoring with intermittent pauses- 94%
  • Absence of snoring- 69%
  • Poor memory and clouded intellect- 58%
  • Personality changes and irritability- 48%
  • Decreased sex drive and impotence- 42%
  • Morning headaches- 36%

It is alarming when you consider the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases in patients diagnosed with OSA. The following list shows the correlation between cardiovascular diseases and OSA.
 
  • Hypertension- 57%
  • Ischemic heart disease-25%
  • Coronary heart disease-17%
  • Bradyarrhythmias-10%
  • Acute myocardial infarction-8%
  • Stroke-7%

Another way to look at the dangerous effects of OSA is to consider how often people diagnosed with other conditions also suffer from OSA. For example, 90% of people complaining of nighttime chest pain, Nocturnal Angina, were diagnosed with OSA as were 38% of heart attack victims!
 
  • Nocturnal Angina-90%
  • Asymptomatic nocturnal bradycardia-86%
  • Coronary artery disease-76%
  • End stage renal disease-60%
  • Cardiac sinus arrhythmia-50%
  • Congestive heart failure-45%
  • Ischemic stroke-40%
  • Acute myocardial infarction-38%
  • Hypertension-30%
  • Ischemic heart disease-28%

CPAP Intolerance is very common, consider that nationally only 45% of patients using CPAP machines continue to use them over time. 

If you have been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea and are not wearing a C-Pap, it is time for you to consider another option.  Oral Appliance Therapy is easy and proven effective.    Contact Us Today For An Appointment.