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.
Please answer the following questions to see if you are possibly at risk for OSA.
- 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?
- Are you a male?
If you answered "yes" to three or more of the above questions, it 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 testing and an evaluation; if you are diagnosed with having OSA, there are a number of treatment options available. One of which is a CPAP machine. Dr. Giaimo provides a full plan of care to help with the implementation of a CPAP and to help keep your machine in compliance.