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Information on Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Sleep Apnea clinics at MSHA

A good night's rest is directly related to your overall health and well-being. One-third of all Americans have a sleep disorder at some time in their lives. Some keep people toss and turn, unable to sleep through most of the night. Others find themselves tired and miserable even after a full night's sleep. Some people are not even aware that symptoms such as headaches and lack of concentration may be related to a sleep disorder.

A significant number of Americans experience obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a disorder in which the mouth or throat soft tissue intermittently obstruct the airway during sleep.

Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  • Snoring
  • Non-refreshed sleep
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Morning headaches
  • Lack of concentration
  • Memory loss
  • Depression
  • Falling asleep at inappropriate times (at work or while driving) 

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Increased post-operative surgical risks for patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea:

  • Low oxygen levels
  • High carbon dioxide levels
  • Unplanned days in intensive care unit
  • Reintubation
  • Cardiac events

How to prepare for your surgery if you are at risk for Obstructive Sleep Apnea:

  • Inform your surgeon, anesthesiologist and nurse.
  • If you are using PAP therapy to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea, bring your equipment with you to use after surgery.
  • If you are not on PAP therapy, consider having a sleep study to see if treatment is needed. 

Take our Sleep Apnea quiz to see if you may be at risk

Mountain States Health Alliance provides Sleep Apnea specialists in Abingdon, Marion and Lebanon, Virginia, as well as Kingsport and Johnson City, Tennessee.

Find a sleep apnea provider in your area.