Posted by Robert Hooper, MD | 20 March 2018
OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA SYNDROME. WHAT IS IT?

Sleep apnea is a very common problem.  It is a breathing problem that occurs during sleep.  Several types of apnea problems have been recognized, but by far the most common is Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  It accounts for over ninety-five percent of the individuals who have problems with sleep apnea. What is apnea?  What is obstructive...

Posted by Robert Hooper, MD | 20 March 2018
Positive Airway Pressure Therapy.

CPAP THERAPY AND EQUIPMENT The most effective and least invasive means of treating sleep apnea is with positive airway pressure (PAP). Positive airway pressure works by keeping the airway open while a person sleeps, allowing them to breathe properly. Positive airway pressure is the treatment of choice for all patients with moderate or severe sleep apnea and...

Posted by Robert Hooper, MD | 20 March 2018
Resources

Consumer Education Sites Sleep Education The sleep education site of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The academy is the primary organization of sleep professionals in the world. National Sleep Foundation The National Sleep Foundation is organization which provides comprehensive sleep education and awareness programs. American Sleep Apnea Association A non-profit organization dedicated to the...

Posted by Robert Hooper, MD | 20 March 2018
Self Assessment

Do you have a sleep problem? Do you have a sleep problem? Do you suspect you have a problem? How can you find out if you do? A first step may be to take our sleep quiz and the sleepiness quiz. The results are discussed below each section. Start by answering the questions one to...

Posted by Robert Hooper, MD | 20 March 2018
Sleep Apnea Treatments

THE PROBLEM OF OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA  Sleep apnea syndrome is caused by frequent reversible obstructions of the upper airway causing interruption of sleep. These obstructions have two effects on the person who has them. First, symptoms of disturbed sleep result from the interruptions. Treatment should improve the quality of sleep and reduce symptoms. Second, the...

Posted by Robert Hooper, MD | 20 March 2018
Sleep Evaluation

EVALUATION FOR OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA  Sleep is a very personal time. We are unaware of our surroundings and are unprotected. We don’t know if we move, talk or snore. We are unable to present the best image of ourselves. We are vulnerable and helpless. Those we let into our personal lives, family, friends and loved...

Posted by Robert Hooper, MD | 20 March 2018
Surgical Options

SURGICAL OPTIONS FOR SLEEP APNEA The first alternative sleep apnea treatment I will address is surgery. Currently there are a variety of different surgery options available to treat sleep apnea. These options include procedures performed on the palate, tongue and jaw. Genioglossus advancement, maxillomandibular advancement, maxillomandibular expansion, pharyngoplasty, uvulopalatal flap are examples. Pictures of each...

Posted by Robert Hooper, MD | 20 March 2018
Treatment Goals

Treatment Goals for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Obstructive sleep apnea has two major effects on a person who has the condition. The effects are the disruption of sleep and the development of long term medical problems. Sleep disruption produces a whole variety of symptoms. They include excessive daytime sleepiness, frequent nocturnal awakenings, morning headaches and many more. People who...