Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which the upper airway becomes partly or completely blocked when sleeping. This would make the person stop breathing for a brief moment in their sleep. Breathing would resume after a loud gasp this could lead to disturbed sleep which would cause daytime fatigue. Dry mouth, headaches and snoring would be other signs of this disorder.
HOW IS OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA DIAGNOSED?
An interview regarding sleep habits of the patient and those that they live it with be carried out by an ENT specialist. A sleep study could be conducted to monitor airflow, breathing patterns, heart rate and muscle activity.
HOW IS OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA TREATED?
The treatment of the condition is done with the help of therapy like the use of oral devices like mouthpieces as well as positive pressure on the airways. Lifestyle changes like regular exercise and abstinence from smoking and drinking may also be required.
DID YOU KNOW?
Though Obstructive Sleep Apnea is not a serious condition, it can get worse with time causing sudden periods of breathing obstructions in the nasal passage.