Adults with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) suffer from poor sleep quality, fatigue, and health risks including heart disease and high blood pressure.
Sleep Apnea in Adults
One of the problems associated with sleep apnea is that the mouth’s soft palate partially or totally blocks, or obstructs, the patient’s airway. The vibration of the soft palate is what we hear when a person snores. More dangerous is the cutting off of the patient’s air supply — he or she can stop breathing as often as hundreds of times per night and sometimes for a minute or longer each time.
Sleep Apnea in Children
The most common cause of obstructive sleep apnea in children are enlarged adenoids or tonsils which may be treated with a tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy. 2-4% of preschool children are affected by sleep apnea. Does your child snore? Untreated sleep apnea can lead to behavior problems, learning difficulties, nightmares, morning headaches, and sleep deprivation.