Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a health condition that is associated with the blockage of the breathing airway by the tongue, enlarged tonsils, retruded mandible (lower jaw), retruded maxilla (upper jaw) and/or enlarged adenoids while sleeping. The Obstructive Sleep Apnea is associated with both male and female and people of all ages and is caused by both health and structural factors. Technological advancements indicated that the present times there exists the possibility of identifying the condition through medical procedures such as a sleep study (aka. PSG Polysomnography).
Attributes of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
● The condition has symptoms of straining when breathing although it might not be visible when it happens at night. The difficulty in breathing causes a person to gasp for air with the body posing a jerking motion. The whole process is involuntary to sustain the oxygen requirements by the body.
● The struggles to breathe at night hurt a person’s energy levels during the day. An individual would end up being fatigued and feel sleepy through the day since they never rested well enough in the night. On top of this, headaches are recorded to be frequent during the morning for the patients with this conditions.
● Snoring provides a more physical and observable feature for the Obstructive Sleep Apnea from the loud and noisy sounds produced. In most instances investigated, snoring is caused by blockage of the nasal and airway by the tongue and the flap closing the esophagus.
● Gasping for breath with repetitive actions occurs to the patient every time they wake up during the night. This factor attributes to the general fatigue and constant trouble in waking up in the morning.
● In children, the symptoms become visible through the misinterpreted laziness of a child in class due to tiredness. The unresponsive nature of a child in school activities combines with sleepiness and learning disorders.
What Treatment options surround the Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
The physical method that applies natural activities to prevent and cure OSA includes losing weight for children with obesity. The process demands a lot of dedication and patience as losing weight is a gradual process even for months. Essentially, once you have started on a routine to exercise, you should practice it continues even after losing weight to ensure your body remains fit.
The second treatment option requires a sleeps study and a medical sleep specialist diagnosing the problem. Then a proper treatment plan is completed to determine the course of treatment which includes:
1. CPAP machine
2. Tonsil and Adenoid removal surgery
3. Upper and lower jaw evaluation to determine the size of the jaws. In the case of a screening test that exhibits crowding, underbite, overbite, narrow jaw and/or long face, the airway is likely to narrow and the oropharyngeal space encroached. The diagnosis at this stage confirms the OSA is present and treatment commences immediately. The treatment for the child will include an arch expansion of the patient’s maxillary on the upper and lower jaws. The post-treatment involves a screening test that will exhibit upright dentition with better oxygenation and sleep.
Oasis Dental Milton’s Dr. Rick Soordhar and Dr. Vick Soordhar are experienced in the diagnostic and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea in both adults and children. Call Oasis Dental for your Free Treatment Consultation at 905-876-2747