Clayton Oral Surgery & St. Charles Oral Surgery

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

St. Louis, MO

314.862.0700, 866.798.9602

 

Sleep Apnea

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 and excessive daytime sleepiness. The condition known as upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS) lies midway between benign snoring and true obstructive sleep apnea. People with UARS suffer many of the symptoms of OSA but normal sleep testing will be negative. There are many causes for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Dr. Bedrock works closely with OSA centers to diagnose and treat OSA.

 

 

Call for information on sleep apnea or to schedule an appointment in the St. Louis, MO area, Clayton 314.862.0700 or St Charles 866.798.9602.