Sleep Apnea and Snoring2018-07-07T08:10:36+00:00

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SLEEP APNEA AND SNORING

Snoring may seem like an annoying inconvenience, but often it’s more than that. Snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea, a condition that causes your breathing to stop intermittently while you sleep. As a result, you can experience severe fatigue and a host of serious medical issues. The condition is common, with an estimated 18 million suffering from it.

Types of Sleep Apnea

1. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is caused by a blocked airway during sleep often caused when tissue in the back of the throat collapses and stops you from breathing properly.

2. Central sleep apnea, which stems from the brain’s failure to tell the muscles to breathe, causing your breathing to start and stop while you are asleep

Those at Risk

Anyone can develop sleep apnea, including young children. You are at a greater risk of developing this condition if you are:

Symptoms

You may have sleep apnea if you:

Effects of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can cause life-threatening conditions.  Sleep apnea can lead to:
  • overweight
  • male
  • over 40
  • have large tonsils or sinus problems
  • have a large neck

  • snore loudly
  • wake up with a dry mouth and/or sore throat
  • have a morning headache
  • experience insomnia

  • are extremely sleepy during the day
  • abruptly awake and then be short of breath

  • stroke
  • heart attack
  • diabetes
  • depression
  • high blood pressure

Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can be treated in a number of ways:

  • Oral appliances work for many and are much less intrusive than other remedies. Dr. Monacell can fit you with an customized appliance to wear while you sleep. They move your lower jaw forward in order to keep your airway open and keep the soft tissue from collapsing and obstructing your breathing. These appliances are comfortable, portable, and easy to maintain.

  • Some patients may need a positive airway pressure device such as a CPAP machine that provides pressurized air through a mask during the night.

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