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Snoring May be a Bigger Issue Than You Think
Snoring is a sound many people make while sleeping. It’s the result of air passing through constricted tissue somewhere along the airway as you inhale.
Almost everyone has snored at some point in their lives. In fact, snoring affects over 90 million Americans. Recurrent heavy snoring can be a serious problem for two reasons: First, loud snoring is often extremely disruptive for the people around you, particularly your spouse or sleep partner. That’s why snoring can lead to serious conflict in a relationship.
Another major concern with heavy snoring is that it’s often an indication that the patient is suffering from sleep apnea. Additional symptoms of sleep apnea include daytime drowsiness and irritability.
At the Center for Dental Sleep Health, Dr. Ura treats both snoring and sleep apnea. The first step is making sure you get the right diagnosis. Then we’ll find the treatment that’s right for you.
Snoring: Causes and Solutions
There are many factors that contribute to snoring. These include allergies, nasal congestion, alcohol consumption, sleeping position, age, weight, gender, and family history. Some of these factors can be managed by lifestyle changes, such as altering your sleeping position or losing weight.
Whether you have sleep apnea or you’re just a heavy snorer, our team is here to help. For some sleep apnea patients, CPAP is a right solution. But a lot of people have difficulty with CPAP, which can be restrictive and difficult to use. Many of our patients find relief with our small and convenient oral appliances.
Getting the Right Diagnosis with a Sleep Study
The only way to accurately diagnose sleep apnea is by participating in a sleep study. This can be performed by spending the night at a sleep center, or Dr. Ura can arrange for you to take your sleep test at home using a portable device.
Your sleep test results will be reviewed by an experienced sleep physician who will determine if your loud snoring is a result of sleep apnea. Once you have an accurate diagnosis, Dr. Ura will find the right treatment option that restores your rest and provides relief for you and the people around you.
It’s extremely important to understand that in order to properly treat your condition, this diagnosis process must occur first. Searching for an alternative on the internet that isn’t doctor-recommended can be dangerous and lead to life-threatening risks to your health.
If you’ve already received a sleep apnea diagnosis and you discovered that CPAP isn’t right for you, give us a call at (603) 237-1124 today. We feature additional options for treating both sleep apnea and snoring. Learn more about our convenient oral appliances.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does CPAP work for everyone?
No, CPAP is not the best treatment option for some patients living with sleep apnea. While it’s the most common form of treatment, many people experience great difficulty adjusting to the face mask. Some patients also experience side effects associated with the CPAP machine such as headaches or dry sinuses. If you’re currently using a CPAP machine for sleep apnea but find it uncomfortable, contact Dr. Ura for an alternative treatment option.
Does snoring mean I have sleep apnea?
Snoring doesn’t always indicate an existing sleep disorder. While snoring is often one of the top symptoms in patients with sleep apnea, snoring can also occur due to the following reasons:
- Sleep position
- Lack of sleep
- Alcohol consumption before bedtime
Consulting a sleep specialist about your snoring can help answer your questions or concerns and get you the right treatment to help alleviate your symptoms.
Does sleep apnea ever go away?
For some people, sleep apnea may go away, but in most cases, you’ll need to continue treatment. Oral appliances aren’t cures for sleep apnea, though it can make it seem like you don’t have a sleep disorder at all.
Lifestyle changes such as weight loss, quitting smoking, reducing alcohol intake, and learning to sleep on your side can lead to significant improvements in your sleep apnea symptoms. Learning how to properly treat your sleep disorder can make a huge difference in your life.