Of the two forms of sleep apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the more common condition. Your airway is physically blocked or collapses while you sleep, leading to the one of the symptoms most commonly associated with sleep apnea: snoring. However, this snore often goes ignored and as a result your sleep apnea goes undiagnosed. This is dangerous, as undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea can dramatically shorten your life and lead to many health problems.
Since OSA restricts the amount of oxygen your lungs can take in while you sleep, your health is affected in many different and adverse ways. Decreased oxygen intake drastically affects your cognitive ability, putting you at greater risk of suffering a work or driving-related accident. A lack of oxygen also greatly increases your chances of suffering a heart attack, and nearly 80% of all nocturnal strokes can be directly attributed to OSA. If left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can shorten your life from anywhere between 12-15 years.
While there is no permanent cure for obstructive sleep apnea, proper diagnosis and treatment is necessary to alleviate its effects and to ensure that your OSA won’t shorten your life.
An accurate diagnosis is the first step in effectively managing your OSA, and the qualified team at Hudson Valley Sleep Solutions is prepared to determine the cause of your sleep issues. In as little as just a few days, the strength and severity of your sleep apnea can be determined and a proper course of treatment can be designed. Our team has undergone advanced training with Sleep Group Solutions, so we can create a personalized treatment plan that best helps you manage your OSA.
Based on the severity of your OSA, there are several effective forms of treatment available to you. For mild to moderate cases, treatment can range from simple lifestyle changes to a host of oral devices or breathing devices meant to be worn while you sleep. Even if your particular case is too severe for our team to treat, we will never hesitate to refer you to the proper physician or specialist so that you can receive the best treatment.