Considered the gold standard treatment for sleep apnea, not everyone finds success with CPAP therapy. When obstructive sleep apnea occurs, the tongue is often 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, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, ED and excessive daytime sleepiness which can (and does) lead to danger on the road, in the air and on the sea.
This section provides information about available options for the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea