Message for bedmates
Could you be the real sufferer?
Living with someone who has obstructive sleep apnea could be just as taxing as having the condition yourself. When you are bedmates with an OSA sufferer you often have difficulty sleeping, too. As your partner snores heavily and gasps for air throughout each night, you are deprived of precious sleep. Many stay awake
result, it’s common to be exhausted throughout the day.
The best thing you can do for both of you is to read through the information we’ve provided. It can help you better understand OSA, know how to recognize the symptoms, and learn how simply you can get a diagnosis and the treatment that can restore both of your lives.
Signs and symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Do you snore, feel tired, or sleepy during the day?
OSA is associated with distinct short-term symptoms …
- Loud or disruptive snoring
- Witnessed pauses in breathing
- Choking or gasping for air during sleep
- Restless sleep
- Frequent visits to the bathroom
- Early morning headaches
- Excessive daytime fatigue
- Poor concentration
- Depression or irritability
- Falling asleep during routine activities
The following may put you at increased risk for sleep apnea:
- A large neck or tongue
- Extra tissue or crowding in the airway
Sleep apnea has been linked to a number of serious conditions that include:
- High blood pressure
- Irregular heart beat
- Heart disease/heart attack
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Driving and work-related accidents
Fast Facts About Obstructive Sleep Apnea
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
- OSA is a condition in which a person stops breathing repeatedly through the night.
- Breathing stops because the throat or “airway” collapses and prevents air from getting into the lungs.
- Sleep patterns are disrupted, resulting in excessive sleepiness or fatigue during the day.
What causes the airway to collapse during sleep?
- Extra tissue in the back of the airway, such as large tonsils
- Decrease in the tone of the muscles that hold the airway open
- The tongue falling back and closing off the airway
How many people have Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
- Four percent of middle-aged men and two percent of middle-aged women in America have OSA.
- Most OSA sufferers remain undiagnosed and untreated.
- OSA is as common as adult asthma.
What should you do if you suspect you may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
- See your doctor: evaluation by a doctor specializing in sleep disorders is recommended.
- Have a sleep study done. A sleep study can provide the doctor with information about how you sleep and breathe. This information will help the doctor to determine your diagnosis and treatment options.
What happens if Obstructive Sleep Apnea is not treated?
There is possible increased risk for:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease and heart attack
- Fatigue-related motor vehicle and work accidents
- Decreased quality of life
What is the treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
- The Golden Standard, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is the treatment of choice for OSA. It is noninvasive and can alleviate the symptoms of OSA when used as prescribed.
- Less commonly, surgery is used, which may be effective in certain cases.
- Oral appliances, custom made to fit you comfortably, are the best treatment option, to eliminate or reduce, the symptoms of OSA.
Any treatment plan should include weight loss if needed, exercise, and avoidance of alcohol, sedatives, and hypnotics.
How tired are you, and how likely are you to doze off at inappropriate times?
Try the Epworth Sleepiness Test
Read the following situations and use the scale provided to rate your sleepiness.
0 = would never doze
1 = slight chance of dozing
2 = moderate chance of dozing
3 = high chance of dozing
Situation Chance of Dozing
Sitting and Reading 0 1 2 3
Watching TV 0 1 2 3
Sitting inactive in a public place 0 1 2 3
As a passenger in a car for one 0 1 2 3
hour without a break
Lying down to rest in the afternoon 0 1 2 3
Sitting and talking to someone 0 1 2 3
Sitting quietly after lunch (without 0 1 2 3
In a car, stopped for a few minutes 0 1 2 3
Total score __________
If your score is 10 or greater, you are considered sleepy and should see your primary care physician or sleep specialist to discuss your options.
If you have tried CPAP and found it uncomfortable, wake up to a brilliant alternative treatment for OSA. The difference in comfort and tolerance will astound you.
CPAP under your bed or in your closet because you can’t stand the bulk,
irritation from the mask, air drying out your eyes, nose and mouth, noise of
the machine, uncomfortable sleeping on your back. There is an option. An oral device can be custom fit that can totally change the way you sleep.
The SomnoDent MAS® is one of the most comfortable and discreet mandibular advancement splint available. Custom-fit to your bite, the SomnoDent allows for full range of mouth opening and closing. Its streamlined design also allows the patient to achieve full lip seal to prevent irritation from dry mouth.
If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or snore, the SomnoDent® MAS
should benefit you. It will almost certainly put an end to your snoring and
will most likely eliminate or significantly reduce your OSA. For your bed
partner this means peace and quiet again and a better night’s sleep. For you,
it will mean better quality sleep. As a result, you will be less likely to suffer from headaches and daytime sleepiness and your ability to concentrate will improve.
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Glenn A. MacFarlane, D.M.D.
Silent Night Sleep Dentistry
252 Broad Street
Red Bank, N.J. 07701