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When obstructive sleep apnea occurs, the tongue is sucked against the back of the throat. This blocks the upper airway and air flow stops. When the oxygen level in the brain becomes low enough, the sleeper partially awakens the obstruction in the throat clears and the flow of air starts again, usually with a loud gasp. People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have disrupted sleep and low blood oxygen levels.
OSA has been associated with cardiovascular problems, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, erectile dysfunction and excessive daytime sleepiness which can (and does) lead to danger on the road, in the air and on the sea. We will evaluate your condition to identify the reason for your snoring and will make a recommendation for treatment. Treatment may be as simple as the use of an oral appliance to open air passages, or the use of a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine.