March 2, 2021

What’s the difference between snoring and OSA and when to worry?

What’s the difference between snoring and OSA and when to worry?

About 75% of snorers suffer Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

OSA is a sleep disorder where part of your throat relaxes during sleep. This partially closes the airway, causing you to momentarily stop breathing. Some sufferers have hundreds of these episodes a night. A sufferer can experience pauses in breathing during their sleep that can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. This can happen up to 30 times an hour before normal breathing resumes and it’s sometimes accompanied by a choking or snorting sound.

People with OSA generally require clinical treatment, which may include using CPAP or an oral device.

OSA is a leading cause of poor concentration and daytime fatigue.

If left untreated, it can cause a variety of other problems, such as:

  • Increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity and diabetes
  • Increased likelihood of an irregular heartbeat
  • Tooth decay
  • Irritability
  • Headaches and migraines

If you snore and think you may have OSA, you may be a candidate for O2Vent Optima therapy. Complete the O2Vent sleep quiz this link or visit o2vent.com to learn more.