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Sleep Apnea Is A Silent Killer An interview with Dr. Christine Ally, a renowned sleep apnea doctor. Christine Ally, DDS, FICOI Member, American Sleep and Breathing Academy Member, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine Member, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain

What is Sleep Apnea?

Many people who snore may not simply be snoring but could be suffering from a more serious health condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Only about 10% of patients with the condition have been diagnosed. It is where a person stops breathing many times throughout the night and is caused by a physical blockage or collapse of the upper airway while asleep resulting in a chronic lack of oxygen to the brain and body. Over time it takes a toll on your body and causes or contributes to other significant and medical problems.

How does it affect our health?

Sleep apnea is called the silent killer and is a very serious condition which should not be taken lightly. If left untreated it damages your cardiovascular system and can cause high blood pressure, heart disease including arrhythmias, rapid heart rate, heart attacks and strokes. Other conditions related to sleep apnea include depression, mood disorders, memory loss, low sex drive, restless leg syndrome and acid reflux or GERD. Studies now show that in some cases a person can decrease their lifespan by as much as a decade if they have untreated sleep apnea.

What symptoms do people with sleep apnea have?

Symptoms depend on the severity of the condition and some patients may show none if their condition is mild, none the less it needs to be treated. The most frequent sign is loud snoring and sometimes gasping for air while sleeping. Other signs include waking frequently at night, frequent leg movement while sleeping, irritability, lack of focus, loss of memory, morning headaches, day time sleepiness, low sex drive, obesity, chronic exhaustion and lack of energy.

How is Obstructive Sleep Apnea treated?

The most commonly prescribed therapy is CPAP. This is where a patient wears a mask and is hooked up to a machine blowing air continuously to keep the airway open while they are asleep. Most patients do not use CPAP because they find it uncomfortable and inconvenient. Dr. Christine Ally pictured with her family.

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