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Usa Bunnag, DDS, PA | Sleep Apnea in Bethesda


Dr. Usa Bunnag, DDS, FACD, FICD                                                              301-896-0633

Sleep Apnea

What is sleep apnea?


 Sleep apnea is an involuntary cessation of breathing that occurs while the patient is asleep. There are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and mixed. Of the three, obstructive sleep apnea, often called OSA for short, is the most common. Despite the difference in the root cause of each type, in all three, people with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer. In most cases the sleeper is unaware of these breath stoppages because they don't trigger a full awakening.

Left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious and life-shortening consequences: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, automobile accidents caused by falling asleep at the wheel, diabetes, depression, and other ailments.

What are the signs that I might have sleep apnea? 

  • Loud Snoring
  • Memory Problems
  • Choking or gasping during sleep
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Irritable mood, personality changes

What are the risk factors?

  • Men are a higher risk than women
  • Being overweight
  • Having High Blood Pressure
  • History of Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Having a large neck size (17 inches or greater in men and 16 inches or greater in women) 
  • Family history of sleep apnea
  • History of Gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD
  • Nasal obstruction due to deviated septum, allergies, or sinus problems
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