Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

OSA is the most common category of sleep-disordered breathing affecting at least 18 million Americans. OSA occurs when a person stops breathing continually during restorative sleep. Breathing is stalled because of the airway collapses and prevents air from getting to the lungs. The pauses in breathing causes decrease in oxygen levels and awakenings to clear the throat. Disrupted sleep can results in sleepiness and fatigue during the day, as well as increase your likelihood of a stroke or heart attack.

OSA is completely treatable and reversible.

What are Symptoms of OSA?

  • Apnea (Gasping while asleep)
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Morning headaches
  • Snoring
  • Depression
  • Memory/Concentration difficulties
  • Nocturia (getting up at night to urinate)
  • Decreased energy
  • Decreased libido
  • Shortness of breath
  • Uncontrolled blood pressure at early age

Who is at Risk for Obstructive Sleep Apnea? 

  • Men older than 45, women older than 50.
  • 10% above ideal body weight.
  • Neck size greater than 17 inches.
  • People with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or nocturia (frequent urination at night)
  • Those with family history of OSA
  • Snorers

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment

There are many types of treatments available for patients with obstructive sleep apnea. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a treatment that requires patients to wear a mask over their nose and/or mouth that uses air pressure to make sure the airway is open for each breath. The air pressure level and type of mask used are tailored to each individual. Alternative treatments using surgery are also available, especially for people who have abnormal tissues that partially cause the sleep disorder. A few examples are a nasal surgery corrects a deviated septum, throat surgery to remove excess tissue, or implanting an upper airway stimulator device in the upper chest that detects the person’s breathing rate and keeps the airways open to prevent any breathing problems.

At Integrated Neurology Services, we provide extensive treatment options to help patients with obstructive sleep apnea get the care they need and deserve. We have sleep centers in two of our offices so that we can offer the whole spectrum from consultation to diagnosis and treatment, as well as follow up. If you are in the Northern Virginia area, call us today to schedule an appointment. Help is only a phone call or click away.