Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a cessation of breathing, during sleep, caused by a pharyngeal obstruction. These repetitive episodes of partial or complete obstruction of a patients airway cause a decrease in oxygen flow which cause arousal's throughout the night.
When we are asleep, the soft tissue in our tongue and throat relax and can cause a blockage in the airway. Although not everyone who snores experiences this, snoring can be the most prominent sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
There are many symptoms of OSA. Some common signs that may occur are snoring, gasping for air, or morning headaches. Although there are strong correlations between the signs and symptoms and OSA, we recommend a Home Sleep Study.