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Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or Sleep Apnea, affects up to 25% of men and 10% of women between the ages of 30 and 60. Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by a disruption of breathing during sleep, which can yield a host of mental and physical health problems. Because Sleep Apnea robs people of the rest necessary for effective functioning, the condition is often characterized by:
Impaired mental clarity and ability to make sound judgment
Irritability and impatience
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is revealed in “snoring”, or repetitive partial or complete obstruction (episodes of no breathing) of the upper airway, lasting for at least 10 seconds, and sometimes as long as 60 seconds. Obstruction ends when a person partially arouses, but is typically unaware. The arousal often opens the airway, but may result in the disruption of restful and restorative sleep. Severe cases of Sleep Apnea can be associated with up to 400-600 arousals each night.
A direct correlation exists between Sleep Apnea and:
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
Falling asleep while driving
If a person has both High Blood Pressure and Diabetes, there is 80% probability that they also suffer from Sleep Apnea.
Treatment options to open and maintain the airway range from oral devices and CPAP machines (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy) to a variety of surgical options. Dr. Zebovitz administers a thorough examination to provide the appropriate recommendation for each individual.
Dr. Zebovitz is a part of a unique and passionate group of specialized and highly trained healthcare providers that work collaboratively to care of patient with airway and sleep Issues. Visit www.sleepandairwaygroup.com for more information.