Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the throat repeatedly collapses during sleep. Some amount of airway collapse while sleeping is normal, but too much can be a problem. People with untreated sleep apnea can have long-term, increased risk for major health issues such as high blood pressure, obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Signs of sleep apnea include:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Impotence
  • Irritability or mood changes
  • Loud snoring
  • Loss of concentration and memory
  • Periods of apnea (not breathing)

OSA is easily identified through a sleep study. These studies can be conducted at one of our Sleep Centers or in the comfort of your own home.

If you are concerned about sleep apnea, take our risk assessment.

Treatment options for OSA

There are several treatment options for OSA. You and your sleep specialist will work together to decide which option is best for you.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)

Special breathing equipment called a CPAP machine may be used during the night to improve your sleep and breathing. The machine will help keep your airway open so that you can breathe easier and sleep better. Trained and certified sleep technicians at a Fairview or HealthEast sleep center will fit you with the equipment prescribed by your sleep specialist and teach you how to use it.

Most of our sleep centers offer adjustment, maintenance and repair of CPAP equipment that was prescribed by a physician. Our certified sleep specialists work with you to assure the best possible care possible and ongoing support. Contact our certified sleep technicians with questions about CPAP equipment or repair.

Oral appliances

Oral appliances specially designed to treat sleep apnea and snoring can be worn in the mouth during sleep to pull the lower jaw forward from its usual position. This small change is often enough to keep your airway open during sleep. These devices, called mandibulars, look similar to mouth guards worn by athletes.

Surgery

Your sleep specialist may recommend surgery to correct anatomical problems that could be causing your OSA. If needed, your sleep specialist will refer you to an otolaryngologist that specializes in sleep apnea surgery.