Sleep Apnea

When was the last time you had a good night’s sleep?

If you answer true more than twice in this quiz, you may want to discuss your sleep issues or risks for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) with our team:

  • Do you snore loudly?
  • Do you often feel tired or fatigued?
  • Have you been treated for high blood pressure?
  • Have you ever stopped breathing or choked during your sleep?
  • Body mass index more than 35?
  • Are you older than 50?
  • For male, is your shirt collar 17” or larger?
  • For female, is your collar 16” or larger?

OSA or Obstructive Sleep Apnea is recognized as repeated episodes of cessation in breathing while sleeping when the muscles in the back of the throat fail to keep the airway open.  90% of sleep apnea patients are still undiagnosed.  

Sleep Apnea

Snoring is considered a major indicator of OSA and risk factors include weight gain, age, family history and anatomic abnormalities. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is highly correlated with cardiovascular conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, atrial fibrillation, impotency, depression and stroke.  

 

Since our team is dedicated to the functionality of the whole person, we have ways of helping if you think you may have OSA.  Detecting sleep apnea is typically done at a sleep center involving an overnight stay.  However, there’s a better way!!  Through the use of the WatchPAT system, Origin Dental will send you home with the most simple to use FDA cleared home sleep test diagnostic device.  It’s a small wrist-mounted device that allows testing to be done in the comfort of your own home.  It’s simple, reliable and accurate!!     

 

Once results are established, we’ll walk you through your best treatment options.