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?
To diagnose the condition, a general physician may recommend a sleep specialist who will perform special sleep tests such as polysomnography or home sleep apnea testing for definitive diagnosis.
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?
Home sleep apnea testing is also a method of diagnosis for such a condition.