Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Snoring is often a precursor to something more serious called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Snoring occurs when the air you breathe vibrates the tissues of the airway due to a blockage or narrowing of the nose, mouth or throat. OSA occurs when your breathing regularly stops or is slowed for 10 seconds or longer due to a blockage or narrowing of the nose, mouth or throat.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious problem as your body is being robbed of the rest it needs to function properly when you are constantly awoken throughout the night.
OSA symptoms include: Excessive daytime sleepiness, feeling exhausted after a normal night of sleep, headaches, depression. Symptoms your bed partner is likely aware of include frequent episodes of obstructive breathing during sleep, snoring, gasps, choking or gurgling sounds. Tooth grinding could also be a symptom.
Long term symptoms: Increased risk for hypertension and cardiovascular disease, sexual dysfunction, compromised immune system, irritability, learning and memory problems, poor mental and emotional health.
Treatment options- In addition to lifestyle changes such as good sleep hygiene, exercise and weight loss, there are three primary ways to treat snoring and OSA: 1) CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) This is prescribed by your physician treating your Sleep Apnea 2) Surgery 3) Oral Appliance Therapy.
Oral Appliance therapy is highly successful for treating those who snore, and those who cannot tolerate or won't use their CPAP machine.
Dr. Lessig can work with your physician to help guide you in choosing which therapy is best for you!
We can also file with your medical insurance if you qualify for the oral appliance to supplement or replace your CPAP machine.