Obstructive Sleep Apnea

What are the Health Risks Associated with Untreated OSA?

OSA is a serious medical condition that can have dramatic effects on society. Untreated OSA can lead to excessive daytime sleepiness, resulting in an increased risk for motor vehicle and occupational accidents and lost productivity.

For example, people with OSA have been found to be 2 to 7 times more likely to have a
motor vehicle accident, than people who do not have OSA, and are potentially more dangerous than drunk drivers.

OSA can also harm a person’s work performance and quality of life. Numerous studies have documented the negative impact of OSA on a person’s life. Untreated moderate or severe OSA is associated with a six fold increased risk of death from all causes, independent of other illnesses. The table below shows the increased risk of developing various health conditions for people with untreated moderate or severe OSA:

Health Condition Increased Risk of Having Health Condition with Untreated Moderate or Severe OSA
Coronary Artery Disease    1.2 to 5.4 times higher risk
Stroke 1.6 to 3.1
High Blood Pressure 2.9
Congestive Heart Failure 2.4
Type 2 Diabetes 1.5

OSA has also been linked to or known to exacerbate the following conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Attacks or Heart Failure
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Obesity
  • Sexual Dysfunction

Most people begin to think about getting help for their sleep problems because a spouse or family member becomes concerned when they hear breathing pauses, loud snoring or notice excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS).   Most patients are typically referred to Sleep Rite by their Physician or Specialist.

However, if you suspect you have a sleeping disorder, or know someone who displays these symptoms, you are welcome to contact us directly to schedule an appointment.  We can even help you find a doctor if you don’t have one already.

Sleep Apnea in Children

Does your child snore? Does your child show other signs of disturbed sleep: long pauses in breathing, much tossing and turning in the bed, chronic mouth breathing during sleep, or night sweats? These are possible signs of Sleep Apnea in children. It’s estimated than 1 to 4 percent of children suffer from Sleep Apnea, many of them being between 2 and 8 years old. Sleep Rite can help your child receive the sleep they need to grow into healthy young adults.

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