Common symptoms include loud snoring, daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, irritability, and difficulty concentrating. If left untreated, OSA can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and mental health issues. It can also lead to poor quality of life, impaired cognitive function, and an increased risk of accidents due to daytime sleepiness.
She suffered from Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea, which not only deprived her of restful sleep
but also diminished her ability to cope with head and jaw pain related to TMJ disfunction. To
make matters worse, scar tissue from a previous spine surgery blocked her airway, and
misaligned temporomandibular joint replacement (TJR) hardware (from a previous jaw surgery)
which added to her functional struggles and intensified her pain. It was a constant battle that
took a toll on both her physical and emotional well-being.