Obstructive Sleep Apnea or (OSA) is the repetitive collapse of the upper airway causing obstructive apneas and hypopneas during sleep. Symptoms include excessive daytime sleepiness, snoring and choking or gasping during sleep, particularly in patient's with risk factors of obesity, male gender, or are advanced in age.
Take the following test to see if you are possibly at risk for OSA.
STOP- Bang Questionnaire
- Do you snore loudly (louder than talking or loud enough to be heard through closed doors)?
- Do you often feel tired, fatigued, or sleepy during the daytime?
- Has anyone observed you stop breathing during your sleep?
- Do you have or are you being treated for high blood pressure?
- Are you over 50 years old?
- Is your neck circumference greater than 40 cm?
- Is your gender male?
Answering "yes" to three or more of the eight questions indicates that you are at high risk for OSA. Answering "yes" to less than three questions indicates that you are at low risk for OSA. If you scored in the high risk for OSA category, an evaluation by a sleep specialist may be warranted.
After evaluation and possible testing; if it is determined that you do have OSA, there are a number of treatments available, one of which is a cpap machine. We have a full plan of care available for you to help with implementation of cpap and support to help with compliance with your machine.
If you would like an appointment to see Dr Giaimo regarding symptoms you may be having, please contact our office for an appointment.