If you snore loudly and often, you know the social implications of your problem. Even if you have become accustomed to middle of the night elbow thrusts, sleeping in a different room than your spouse and bad jokes, we realize that it is not a laughing matter.
Perhaps one in every ten adults snore and for most, snoring has no serious medical consequences. However, for some, habitual snoring is the first indication of a potentially life threatening disorder called “Obstructive Sleep Apnea.” We can help in the recognition and the treatment of both snoring and sleep apnea. A very simple initial indication of sleep apnea can be assessed by your bed partner answering two simple questions.
- Do you snore regularly?
- Do you sometimes gasp for air in your sleep?
If the answer is yes to both of those questions, there is an 88% chance of accurately diagnosing Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Many treatment methods have been tried over the years to treat snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Currently the most popular treatments are:
(Continuous Positive Airway Pressure)
The patient wears a mask over their nose and the airway is kept open by using a compressor that gently forces air through the nasal passages.
Sometimes physical abnormalities like enlarged tonsils, nasal polyps, etc, can be responsible for snoring and apnea, and surgical techniques can help correct these defects.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Treatment is accomplished by utilizing an oral appliance similar to a mouth guard or orthodontic retainer worn during sleep to help prevent the airway from collapsing by bringing the jaw forward. Oral appliances have been shown to be very successful in the treatment of snoring. They have also been successful to treat mild to moderate sleep apnea, particularly for those patients who cannot tolerate CPAP.
We would be happy to discuss with you the ways we may be able to assist you in improving the quality of sleep for both you and your bed partner. Furthermore, we may help you uncover a potentially life threatening medical problem.