<h1 style=”color: #8f546d;”>Sleep Apnea Fact Sheet</h1><p style=”font-style: italic; color: #666666;”> <img class=”center-img” src=”http://www.ihatecpaps.com/images/tap3.jpg” width=”200″ height=”180″ class=”alignnone” /></p><p><strong style=”color: #666666;”>When should I be concerned about snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?</strong><br style=”color: #666666;” /><span style=”color: #666666;”>Snoring is the sound of partially obstructed breathing during sleep. While snoring can be harmless, it can also be a sign of a more serious medical condition known as OSA, which occurs when the tongue and soft tissues fall back into the throat during sleep, blocking the airway. This can develop to other diseases like tinnitus, is important to take care of yourself, check this tinnitec review to learn more. </span><br style=”color: #666666;” /><br style=”color: #666666;” /><span style=”color: #666666;”>People suffering from OSA can stop breathing for 10 to 30 seconds, sometimes for one minute or longer, hundreds of times a night. Untreated OSA, can contribute to excessive daytime sleepiness as well as an increased risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, depression, memory and concentration problems, obesity and driving accidents. </span><br style=”color: #666666;” /><br style=”color: #666666;” /><strong style=”color: #666666;”>What are my treatment options?</strong><br style=”color: #666666;” /><span style=”color: #666666;”>Once you have been diagnosed at a sleep center, OSA can be treated with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), oral appliances, surgery, behavior therapy, or by a combination of these approaches. </span><br style=”color: #666666;” /><br style=”color: #666666;” /><strong style=”color: #666666;”>What is oral appliance therapy (OAT)?</strong><br style=”color: #666666;” /><span style=”color: #666666;”>OAT involves the selection, design, fitting and follow-up care of a specially designed oral appliance that, when worn during sleep, maintains an opened and unobstructed airway in the throat. Oral appliances that treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea look similar to sports mouth-guards. </span><br style=”color: #666666;” /><br style=”color: #666666;” /><strong style=”color: #666666;”>Oral appliances work by:</strong><br style=”color: #666666;” /><span style=”color: #666666;”>• Repositioning the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate and uvula</span><br style=”color: #666666;” /><span style=”color: #666666;”>• Stabilizing the lower jaw and tongue</span><br style=”color: #666666;” /><span style=”color: #666666;”>• Increasing the muscle tone of the tongue</span><br style=”color: #666666;” /><br style=”color: #666666;” /><strong style=”color: #666666;”>How can I learn more?</strong><br style=”color: #666666;” /><span style=”color: #666666;”>Visit the AADSM Web site, www.aadsm.org, or schedule a consultation with Dr. Stewart Brody in Great Neck, Nassau County, Long Island, New York.</span></p>