Sleep Apnea: Dangers and Treatment

The most common type of sleep apnea is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), and its most common symptom is loud snoring. But it isn’t the only symptom. There is help available at Poss Sleep Apnea & TMJ Solutions in Brentwood TN.

People with OSA stop breathing during the night. This can happen over and over, and it has a serious impact on health. It’s involuntary, so people who sleep alone may not even realize they’ve got it.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea can happen at any age, even in children. But it is most common in men between young adulthood and middle age.

A major risk factor in OSA is weight. Men who are overweight are much more likely to get it. But even slender people can have OSA.

When the person stops breathing at night, the brain is deprived of oxygen. Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to serious health issues, including heart disease and depression.


The most common treatment for sleep apnea is a device called continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or C-PAP for short. You wear a mask that delivers a gentle, steady stream of air as you sleep.

C-PAP is highly effective, but some people have trouble getting used to it. Newer designs are making it more comfortable. But there is still another option: an oral appliance that repositions the jaw to keep the airway open.

Both of these treatment options are available at Poss Sleep Apnea & TMJ Solutions in Brentwood TN. If you have sleep apnea, please contact us today!