Information on Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
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
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
Lack of concentration
- Memory loss
- Falling asleep at inappropriate times (at work or while driving)
Increased post-operative surgical risks for patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea:
- Low oxygen levels
- High carbon dioxide levels
- Unplanned days in intensive care unit
- 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.
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.