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Sleep Apnea Fact Sheet

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Sleep apnea is a condition characterized by pauses in breathing while a person sleeps.

While obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common cause of sleep apnea, there are other forms of this condition, which include:

  • Central sleep apnea- When the brain is unable to send signals to the muscles in charge of breathing
  • Mixed sleep apnea or complex sleep apnea- When a person suffers from both obstructive and central sleep apnea

In obstructive sleep apnea, breathing is impaired or disrupted during sleep due to airway collapse. While many patients who snore are found to have OSA, and not all patients with OSA snore.

If you wish to determine if you are suffering from OSA, get in touch with James Lillenberg DDS at (314) 227-9141.

All You Need to Know About Sleep Apnea

As the leading dental sleep medicine practice in St. Louis, we are committed to providing each of our patients the proper information to help them pursue treatment. However, it is best that you seek out a medical professional for a diagnosis first.

Below are some quick facts about sleep apnea:

  • The National Institutes of Health estimates that there are about 12 million Americans suffering from sleep apnea. Half of those with OSA are usually overweight.
  • Men have a higher risk of developing sleep apnea than women.
  • As a person grows older, the risk of developing sleep apnea also increases.
  • Smoking and alcohol consumption are also found to be risk factors for sleep apnea.
  • Sleep apnea is hereditary, meaning that if a family member has it, you are likely to have it as well.
  • While most symptoms of sleep apnea occur while you sleep, there are secondary symptoms that you might be able to observe during the day such as feeling very sleepy all throughout the day, waking up with a dry throat, morning headaches, fatigue, irritability, anxiety, and depression.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea, when left untreated, can lead to serious health risks such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
  • There are a number of available treatments for obstructive sleep apnea including lifestyle changes, breathing devices, oral appliances, and surgery.

See a St. Louis Sleep Apnea Specialist

At James Lillenberg DDS, we believe that it’s important to raise awareness about sleep apnea every chance we get, especially when it can lead people to get the proper diagnosis and treatment that they need. Dr. Lillenberg is dedicated to the highest standards of care in this field. He can work with your insurance companies and physicians to coordinate coverage for the testing and treatment of your OSA. Our St. Louis dental practice offers an attractive cash price for patients without Insurance.

To make an appointment for your visit, contact us at (314) 227-9141.


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