Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that affects 10 of millions of Americans, many of whom are not aware that they have this condition. If you or one of your loved one has this issue, you want to take action to treat it.
Our team in Hawthorne, CA can help. Here are three things you should know.
1. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the Most Common Kind
When you have sleep apnea, you stop breathing up to hundreds of times every night. Often your airways is obstructed in a way that makes breathing difficult. That makes it hard to get deep, restful sleep and leaves you feeling sleep deprived.
2. Kids & Adults Have Different Signs of OSA
Adults with OSA often experience daytime sleepiness and may become irritable. Children with untreated sleep apnea are more likely to experience behavioral problems.
3. This is a Treatable Condition
Once someone has been diagnosed with sleep apnea, they can be treated. For adults, this usually involves a CPAP machine or an oral appliance. For children, oral appliances also can help. Since they are still growing, we also may be able to eliminate or minimize long-term problems by guiding how their mouths develop and form.
Discuss sleep apnea with us if someone you know snores loudly and often, stops breathing frequently when they fall asleep, or struggles with staying focuses on everyday activities. A good night’s sleep could make a world of difference for them and for you.