Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Dr. Godino is one of the foremost dental experts on sleep disorders in the south county area. Over the past 3 or so years he has completed numerous courses on the subject as well as a mini-residency in Dental Sleep Medicine from UCLA School of Dentistry. He has aided in the diagnosis and treatment of many patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and is happy to have improved the lives of his patients both in quality and longevity of their lives.
Snoring vs. Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Snoring is the harsh sound that sometimes occurs while a person is asleep. It is caused by the vibration of relaxed tissue in the throat area and may be due to a number of reasons restricting or causing irregular airflow. Snoring can be very mild with no adverse health effects or it can become very loud where you will start to experience some adverse health as well as social effects. Most loud snoring, especially if occurring prior to the age of 40, will develop into a severe life-threatening condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This condition is diagnosed when a sleep study demonstrates that the number of apneic events(cessation of breathing for 10+ seconds) plus hypopneic events (decrease in blood oxygen saturation of 4+ percent) total 5 or more per hour of sleep. This number is referred to as the Apnea/Hypopnea Index (AHI).
- Mild OSA = AHI of 5 to 14
- Moderate OSA = AHI of 15 to 29
- Severe OSA = AHI of 30 or greater
* number expressed in events per hour of sleep