Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a disorder where your breath stops and starts while you sleep. This might mean several interruptions per night for an average of 20-30 seconds each.

 

Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Approximately 40-50 percent of men and 20-33 percent of women snore.

What causes snoring?
Snoring is the sound of your breath vibrating soft tissues at the back of your throat while you sleep.

When you sleep, your muscles relax. The tissues of your upper airways narrow. If narrowed enough, tissues will flutter as air passes through as you inhale and exhale. There is a direct relationship between being overweight and having a narrower airway, so it is important for patients to lose weight.

Symptoms

A few symptoms of sleep apnea include choking or gasping for air, concentration and memory issues, daytime fatigue/sleepiness, episodes in which you stop breathing during sleep, loud snoring, morning dry mouth, and morning headaches.

Causes

There are several factors that may cause snoring, which include age, being overweight, nasal or sinus problems, sedative or alcohol usage, structural abnormality or weakness in the base of the tongue, tonsils, and soft palate.

Treatment

Sleep apnea treatment includes losing weight, using a CPAP machine, wearing a mouth guard, or using nasal strips.  For snoring problems not related to sleep apnea, your doctor might suggest injection snoreplasty, pillar implants, or laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty. 

Snoring Versus Sleep Apnea

Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. However, snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder where your breath stops and starts while you sleep. This might mean several interruptions per night for an average of 20-30 seconds each.

There are three main types of sleep apnea:

• Obstructive sleep apnea – throat muscles relax (most common type)
• Central sleep apnea – brain doesn’t communicate with muscles responsible for breathing
• Complex sleep apnea syndrome – Both obstructive and central sleep apnea

Symptoms

• Choking or gasping for air
• Concentration and memory issues
• Daytime fatigue/sleepiness
• Episodes in which you stop breathing during sleep
• Loud snoring
• Morning dry mouth
• Morning headaches
• Insomnia
• Irritability
• Swelling in the back of the throat upon waking up

Contact us
Call us to make an appointment today if you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea. You deserve a good night’s sleep!

Treatment

Your doctor might suggest to:

• Lose weight
• Use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine
• Use a mouth guard
• Use nasal strips

If your snoring isn’t sleep apnea, you doctor might suggest a procedure, including:

• Injection snoreplasty
• Pillar implants
• Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is a surgical procedure that removes excess tissue in the throat to widen the airway.

Contact us
Call us to make an appointment today if you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea. You deserve a good night’s sleep!

Snoring Versus Sleep Apnea

Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. However, snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder where your breath stops and starts while you sleep. This might mean several interruptions per night for an average of 20-30 seconds each.

There are three main types of sleep apnea:

• Obstructive sleep apnea – throat muscles relax (most common type)
• Central sleep apnea – brain doesn’t communicate with muscles responsible for breathing
• Complex sleep apnea syndrome – Both obstructive and central sleep apnea

Symptoms

• Choking or gasping for air
• Concentration and memory issues
• Daytime fatigue/sleepiness
• Episodes in which you stop breathing during sleep
• Loud snoring
• Morning dry mouth
• Morning headaches
• Insomnia
• Irritability
• Swelling in the back of the throat upon waking up

Contact us
Call us to make an appointment today if you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea. You deserve a good night’s sleep!

Treatment

Your doctor might suggest to:

• Lose weight
• Use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine
• Use a mouth guard
• Use nasal strips

If your snoring isn’t sleep apnea, you doctor might suggest a procedure, including:

• Injection snoreplasty
• Pillar implants
• Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is a surgical procedure that removes excess tissue in the throat to widen the airway.

Contact us
Call us to make an appointment today if you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea. You deserve a good night’s sleep!

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