of Sleep Apnea Patients
remain Undiagnosed

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when muscles of the soft palate and throat relax during sleep, obstructing the airway and making breathing difficult and noisy (snoring). Eventually, the airway walls collapse, blocking airflow entirely, which results in a breathing pause or apnea.

Patients with pulmonary diseases such as COPD and asthma may be at an increased risk for sleep-disordered breathing. In addition to Obstructive Sleep Apnea, pulmonary patients may be at risk for central and complex sleep apnea, as well as nocturnal hypoventilation. These patients may need advanced treatments such as bi-level PAP therapy, Auto-Servo ventilation, or other advanced non-invasive ventilation modes. They may also require additional monitoring parameters such as capnometry.

OSA Basics
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
OSA is the most common form of breathing sleep disorder. Caused by an obstruction to the upper airway during sleep as a result of several factors:

  • Inherent physical characteristics
  • Excess weight
  • Alcohol consumption before sleep

Most Common Symptoms of OSA

  • Snoring
  • Morning headaches
  • Waking up sweating
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom during the night
  • Problems staying asleep (insomnia)
  • Waking up and gasping for air
  • Bed partner witnesses apneas

Predictors of OSA

  • Obesity/BMI >30
  • Neck line circumference >17 male/>15″ female
  • Advanced age
  • Male gender
  • Narrow airway
  • Enlarged tonsils
  • Cranio-facial abnormalities
  • Retrognathia (recessed chin)
  • Downs syndrome
  • Shift workers and commercial truck drivers
  • African-Americans have twice the risk versus
  • Caucasians

Detailed references available upon request.


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Helping your patients sleep better

  • If your patients report sleep complaints, assess for obstructive sleep apnea (STOP-Bang) or other sleep disorders
  • Explain that sleep in combination with moderate physical activity may promote remission and help prevent relapse
  • Keep CSCC brochures and forms in your office to help foster awareness of sleep disorders in your patients
  • If your patient screens positive for OSA and has a supportive clinical history, please refer them to Comprehensive Sleep Care Center for an evaluation

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