Have a great experience? Could things have gone better? Take a minute to tell us about it. Our goal is to continuously improve the service and care we provide for you and your family.
Snoring. It’s just a harmless and silly part of everyday life. Right?
Snoring is no laughing matter. It may indicate obstructed breathing, meaning your breathing repeatedly starts and stops while you’re sleeping. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea, affecting close to 18 million Americans. It can happen to anyone, but it’s usually found in middle-aged and older adults who are overweight.
OSA occurs when your tongue falls against your soft palate, and soft palate and uvula press against the back of the throat, closing your airway and causing the telltale loud snoring. Left untreated, OSA can lead to debilitating daytime fatigue, headaches, irritability and depression. Over time, it can cause high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes… The list goes on.
If you’re an OSA sufferer, your loud snoring might be interrupting your partner’s sleeping, reducing his/her quality of life. Plus, the fatigue, depression and irritability associated with your OSA might be interfering with your relationships. It’s a vicious cycle with a fairly simple solution.
If you think you might have OSA, you need to make an appointment with a Sleep Medicine specialist or Ear, Nose and Throat. Either specialty area will recommend a sleep study, which can be conducted at a sleep medicine lab or at home with special equipment.
If it is indeed OSA, your specialist will likely prescribe a preventative measure based on the severity:
There are several different types:
• Oral Appliances – If you are diagnosed with mild to moderate OSA, you may benefit from an oral appliance. There are many different FDA-approved oral appliances for treatment of OSA and they can also help treat snoring.
Talk to family, friends and coworkers about OSA; given this disease is believed to affect an estimated 20-25% of all Americans, chances are you know several people treated successfully for OSA who can share their experiences with you.