Do You Snore?

Snoring is Not Innocent!

It May Be an Indication You Have Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea!

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder characterized by repeated pauses in breathing throughout the sleep cycle. These pauses called apneas can last from a few seconds to over a minute and can occur up to a hundred times. Apneas are caused by the collapse of soft tissue in the airway, which prevents oxygen from reaching the lungs. Weak muscles in the airway, a large tongue, obesity, and other factors may cause airway tissue to collapse and obstruct breathing. Sleep apnea disrupts the sleep cycle and can dramatically impact energy, mental performance, and overall health.

You're Not Alone

Sleep Apnea is Very Common
1 in 4 Adults Have Sleep
Disordered Breathing1

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Loud Snoring
  • Awakening Due to Gasping or Choking
  • Witnessed Pauses in Breathing During Sleep
  • Restless Sleep
  • Morning Sore Throat or Dry Mouth
  • Frequent Restroom Visit
  • Erectile Disfunction
  • Early Morning Headache
  • Excessive Daytime Fatigue
  • Poor Concentration
  • Depression or Irritability
  • Sleepiness During Routine Activities

Normal Airway

Obstructed Airway

Why Is It Important To Treat Sleep Apnea?

Patients suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) are at increased risk of developing other diseases including;

  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Stroke
  • Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)
  • Resistant High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Arrhythmias
  • Depression

Evidence shows that the treatment of sleep apnea with proper therapy may reduce the risk and effect of these diseases.

Diseases Associated
With Sleep Apnea

Do I Have Sleep Apnea?

If you suspect you have sleep apnea, the first step is to take a Screening Test.

The test is a series of simple Yes/No questions.

If you answer “yes” to three or more questions, you might have sleep apnea. Consult a physician for a test to diagnose sleep apnea.

How is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?

Sleep apnea can be easily diagnosed using a home sleep apnea test (HSAT). The WatchPAT Sleep Apnea Test is a simple procedure that takes place in the comfort of your own bed.

Advantages of WatchPAT

  • Simple, Accurate, Reliable
  • Easy to use with only 3 points of contact
  • Restful and representative sleep
  • Disposable, No need to return the device
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Common Sleep Apnea Treatment Options

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CPAP

Continuous positive airway pressure is the frontline treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. CPAP keeps your airway open by providing a gentle stream of air through a mask you wear while you sleep.
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Oral Appliance

Oral appliance therapy is a treatment for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. It involves wearing a removable oral appliance in your mouth as you sleep. The device fits much like a sports mouthguard or orthodontic retainer.
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Inspire

Inspire is the only FDA approved obstructive sleep apnea treatment that works inside your body to treat the root cause of sleep apnea with just the click of a button.
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remedē

The remedē® System is a breakthrough implantable system that safely and effectively treats moderate to severe central sleep apnea (CSA) in adult patients.
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Surgery

Several surgical procedures are used to treat sleep apnea, although they are normally the third line of treatment for those who reject or are not helped by CPAP treatment or dental appliances.
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Lifestyle Changes

For milder forms of OSA, changes to your lifestyle and sleep habits can help. For example, losing weight is known to improve OSA, as is limiting the consumption of alcohol and sedatives.
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References

1. American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Peppard, et al., American Journal of Epidemiology (2013)