Sleep Apnea
Pickerington, Chillicothe, Centerville, Ashland, Xenia, Newark OH

                                                                                                              Are you at risk for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is one of the most common sleep disorders, affecting over 20% of the healthy adult population in the United States. Men and women of all shapes and sizes can suffer from OSA without ever knowing it. In fact, it is estimated that 90% of the people who have OSA have never been diagnosed.

  •  Approximately 42 million American adults have SDB.
  • 1 in 5 adults has mild OSA.
  • 1 in 15 has moderate to severe OSA.
  • 9% of middle-aged women and 25% of middle-aged men suffer from OSA.
  • Prevalence similar to asthma (20 million) and diabetes (23.6 million) of US population.

People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have disrupted sleep and low blood oxygen levels. When obstructive sleep apnea occurs, the tongue is sucked against the back of the throat. This blocks the upper airway and airflow stops. When the oxygen level in the brain becomes low enough, the sleeper partially awakens, the obstruction in the throat clears, and the flow of air starts again, usually with a loud gasp.

Repeated cycles of decreased oxygenation lead to very serious cardiovascular problems. Additionally, these individuals suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness, depression, and loss of concentration.

Some patients have obstructions that are less severe called Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS). In either case, the individuals suffer many of the same symptoms.

The first step in treatment resides in recognition of the symptoms and seeking appropriate consultation. Our exceptional Doctors are available to offer consultation and treatment options. To confirm the amount of cardiovascular compromise and decreased oxygenation levels, a sleep study may be recommended to monitor an individual overnight.

Today the testing devices that we use are very simple and the studies are completed in your own home. The device fits around your chest, has a cannula that goes into your nose, and has an oximetery sensors that clip onto your finger. You will wear the device for two nights while you stick to your normal sleep routine and then mail the device back to the home sleep testing (HST) company. The data will be downloaded and reviewed by a technologist. With as little as four hours of sleep time, the device can collect enough data that a team of experts, including a physician who is board certified whether or not you are experiencing OSA during the night. The home sleep study is covered by most insurance companies. Our HST Company verify your benefits and let you know if there will be any out of pocket cost.

OSA Treatment Options There are a variety of treatment options available for OSA, although not every option is appropriate for every patient. The best way to determine the option that is right for you is to discuss your symptoms and sleep study results with your patients.

Option 1: Sleep Hygiene: Weight Loss, Avoidance of Supine Position, Avoidance of Alcohol, Avoidance of Sedative Sleep Aids.

Option 2: Dental Appliance Therapy.

Option 3: CPAP/BiPAP Therapy.

Option 4: Surgery: Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) Maxillomandibular Advancement Tracheostomy – This procedure was developed to remove excess tissue from the soft palate and pharynx. The tonsils are also removed if present.

OSA is a very serious condition that needs careful attention and treatment. Most major medical plans offer coverage for diagnosis and treatment.