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Sleep Apnea

What is Sleep Apnea and CPAP Treatment | Get Treatment in Glendale, Peoria and Surprise

More than 42 million people suffer from some form of Sleep Apnea and many of these patients could be successfully treated with CPAP therapy or other means as outlined below. Sleep Apnea is the most commonly diagnosed sleeping disorder and the most common form of Sleep Apnea is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

OSA is described as a partial or complete collapse of the upper airway that causes muscles controlling the palate and tongue to relax. The airway collapsing causes unsuccessful attempts to breathe, which then leads to a drop in O2 levels and causes frequent awakenings as the body attempts to open the airway.

OSA is a major health hazard with serious consequences including excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), cognitive disturbances and depression, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Lack of energy
  • Morning headaches
  • Depression
  • Obesity
  • Nighttime gasping or choking
  • Snoring

How Do You Treat Sleep Apnea?

Non-Surgical Treatments for Sleep Apnea: CPAP Therapy & Dental Devices

CPAP Therapy

  • CPAP treatment stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP).
  • Since their introduction in 1981, CPAP, Positive Airway Pressure (PAP), bilevel PAP, and automatic adjusting PAP (APAP) have been highly effective therapies and often the first options for OSA patients.
  • CPAP applied through a nasal, oral, or an oronasal interface during sleep is the preferred treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.

Dental Devices

  • For patients with mild or moderate OSA, oral appliances may also be appropriate therapy.

Surgical Treatments for Sleep Apnea

  • Some patients find CPAP therapy and dental devices to be intrusive, inconvenient, or intolerable. Surgical modification of the upper airway is also a viable treatment for selected patients.

Sleep Apnea Statistics

  • Approximately 42 million American adults have a form of sleep apnea.
  • Approximately 1 in 5 adults has mild OSA.
  • Nine percent (9%) of middle-aged women and 25% of middle-aged men suffer from OSA.
  • The most concerning statistic is that 75% of severe sleep apnea cases remain undiagnosed.

The professionals at PM Sleep Centers have diagnosed and provided treatment for thousands of patients who suffered from sleep apnea. Call us today to schedule your sleep apnea test.