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Visible Symptoms of OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea)

Houston Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is one of the most common kinds of sleep disorders. It is caused by the repeated pauses in air flow during breathing, while the person is asleep. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs due to the blocking, floppiness and narrowing of the airway by distorted, bulky and lax pharyngeal tissues. As the essential organs get insufficient supply of oxygen, OSA can lead to various problems such as chronic tiredness and other serious health conditions.

Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea The symptoms in adults and children can vary according to their age factors. In adults the symptoms seen are: 

Excessive sleepiness or hypersomnia, during any situation or time of the day. The person suffering from the disorder tends to fall asleep while reading, driving a car, watching TV or just sitting.

A heavy bout of snoring is experienced by people suffering from OSA.

Cessation of breathing while asleep

Experience of morning headaches


Feeling of impatience or grumpiness, depression and irritability

Severe OSA causes swelling in the legs

Night-time dryness or sourness in the mouth

Pain in the chest or sweating experienced while asleep

Feeling of heartburn during night-time

OSA patients tend to gasp for breath or choke while sleeping

Tossing and turning while asleep

Symptoms seen in children are: 

Sleeping longer than normal as per their age

Feeling of irritability

Hyperactive and inattentive for no obvious reason

Bedwetting 

Excessive sweating during night

Experiencing morning headaches

Feeling of restlessness

Disturbed sleep, waking up often during night

Inward movement of the ribcage, while breathing in

Flaring nostrils and laborious breathing

Breathing through the mouth


Lethargic feeling

Growth of weight not normal as per his age

Sleep Apnea Treatment Sleep apnea surgery and CPAP (Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure) are two of the common treatment methods for obstructive sleep apnea disorder. However, the latter method is the more common and preferred one. The CPAP method involves providing adequate air pressure, which results in restoring regular sleep patterns and reducing daytime sleepiness. There are certain side effects seen in the patients using CPAP method, due to the machine being heavy and inconvenient. Sleep apnea surgery is preferred by patients having the following problems: 

Extreme or moderate forms of OSA

Excessive sleepiness experienced during daytime and low AHI (Apnea Hypopnea Index)

No relief provided by non-surgical treatment

Aberrations of structural airways

Health disorders such as hypertension and heart arrhythmias co-existing along with OSA

If any of the above symptoms are prevalent or noticed, immediate medical help should be sought. Ensure to get yourself treated by an experienced plastic surgeon having excellent credentials and sufficient experience in treating sleep apnea problems.

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Visible Symptoms of OSA  

Obstructive sleep apnea can result in problems like chronic tiredness and other serious health conditions. The symptoms in adults and childr...