Sleep Apnea ServicesDr. Jonathan Yahav

Obstructive sleep disorders are medical disorders of the sleep pattern characterized by a temporary, partial or complete, obstruction of the airway: Obstructive Sleep Apnea “Apnea” = Greek term meaning “without breath.”

During sleep there is an overall decrease in the muscle tone of the body. As the throat muscles relax, the soft palate and uvula vibrate while the air passes in and out – producing the sound of snoring. Snoring is produced by a partial obstruction of the airway. Snoring may increase due to alcohol / sedative consumption, weight gain, nasal obstruction and simply with age.

Your initial oral examination includes a visual examination, charting, periodontal probing, x-rays, diagnosis and treatment recommendations. You should have a standard cleaning at least twice a year. A periodontal treatment includes an Adult Prophy (basic cleaning).

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When the airway is obstructed, the condition is called ‘obstructive sleep apnea’ (OSA). OSA occurs in repeated episodes during the night. The episodes vary in length and frequency. During this time the individual continues to make efforts to breathe. Some of the symptoms of OSA are snoring, fatigue, memory impairment, daytime sleepiness, poor work performance and loss of sexual interest. Severe OSA can result in serious complications, including heart failure. The diagnosis of OSA is made by specialized testing: an overnight sleep test called polysomnogram.