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If Left Untreated, Osa, Can Be Life Threatening
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is recognized as repeated episodes of cessation in breathing during sleep. Sleep Apnea can be treated effectively using various approaches, including Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP),oral appliance therapy and surgery.
Snoring is considered a major indicator of OSA, and risk factors include weight gain,age,family history and anatomic abnormalities. OSA is highly correlated with cardiovascular conditions such as hypertension,heart disease and stroke. OSA is also associated with daytime sleepiness, headaches,memory loss, mood changes, relationship disturbances and decreased libido
22 Million Americans Suffer From Sleep Apnea
With 80 percent of the cases of moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea undiagnosed.
Untreated sleep apnea is a major independent risk factor contributing to:
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Cognitive Impairment and Daytime Sleepiness
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
Detecting sleep apnea generally involves a sleep study, using polysomnography (PSG) to monitor various physiological functions during an overnight stay in a sleep laboratory or in a hospital. Studies have demonstrated the efficacy of the Watch-PAT in diagnosing sleep apnea in the comfort of the patient’s home,an environment that is more friendly to the patient and better reflects the actual pattern of a patient’s sleep habits
CPAP: The pressurized flow keeps the airway open.
The treatment of choice for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure CPAP
There are other treatment alternatives that keep the airway open, such as surgery, oral appliance therapy and weight reduction
RadiofreQuency Thermotherapy: Radiofrequency induced thermotherapy creates submurosal VOiumetric lesions; which results in tissue reduct.ion and stiffening, thus keeping the airway open.
Oral Appliance: Repositioning oral appliances maintain the lower jaw in a protruded position, thus opening the airway and increasing musde tone.
The functions of REM and dreaming are associated with consolidation of memory, processing newly learned material, stimulation of the brain and solving daytime problems and conflicts. REM deprevation causes memory disruptinos and impaitrs the recollection of newly learned material. REM sleep detection is fundamental to characterize and correcly analyze a sleep study. The importance of the Watch-PAT100 in the detection of OSA lies in its unique features, including the detrection of wake, sleep and REM states. And its proven diagnostic accuracy in apnea assessment.
The Key to Treatment is Proper Diagnosis