Sleep Apnea and Snoring Treatment
for Boca Raton, Vero Beach,Jupiter, Melbourne, & Ocala
You’re dreaming, and for some reason you’re surrounded by people revving chainsaws and riding lawnmowers. This is all very confusing, but when you suddenly wake up, it’s perfectly clear. Your partner is snoring…again! For some reason, it seems louder now that it has been before. It used to just be annoying, but now you’re starting to become concerned. Could something actually be wrong with them? Around 90 million people snore, and while it may just be a nuisance for some, it could also be a key indicator for a very serious health condition: sleep apnea.
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring has many causes, such as nasal congestion, medication, weight, alcohol/tobacco use, and enlarged tonsils. The most serious one, like we just mentioned, is sleep apnea. In all cases, snoring is caused by the tissues in the mouth and throat relaxing into the airway. As someone breathes throughout the night, this makes the tissues vibrate, and this is what creates the iconic snoring sound.
With sleep apnea, this goes a step further. Rather than simply vibrating, the tissue ends up completely blocking the throat, cutting off the air. This can cause a person to suddenly wake up gasping for breath, but many sleep right through it. Not only does this dramatically impact the quality of a person’s sleep, it can also make them more susceptible to developing serious conditions like depression, heart disease, and stroke.
Does Snoring Always Indicate Sleep Apnea?
Frequent snoring does not always mean that a person has sleep apnea, but it can be very difficult for you to figure this out for yourself because, well…you’re asleep! It can even be problematic if you’re trying to observe it in another person. The best thing for you to do in either case is seek professional help. Even if you are not suffering from sleep apnea, snoring means you are not getting the best quality of rest that you can.
The first thing you can do is take our quiz. This will give Dr. Mogell enough information to know if you likely have sleep apnea or not. If he believes you do, he may refer you to a local doctor so you can complete a sleep study. This is a medical test either performed in a lab or at your home that monitors your breathing and cardiac activity while you sleep. A doctor will be able to look at these readings and determine, definitively, if you have sleep apnea. This is a very important part of the process, as it is estimated that nearly 80% of the people who have sleep apnea are undiagnosed.
If you need to treat sleep apnea or simply want to stop snoring, the solution may be oral appliance therapy. This is a small mouthguard that would help prevent the tissue in the mouth and throat from obstructing your airway. Of course, there is no “one size fits all” snoring treatment, so be sure to consult with Dr. Mogell to determine your best solution.
Simply knowing that you or someone you care about snores isn’t enough to determine if they have sleep apnea, but it could definitely be a symptom. The best thing to do is seek professional guidance, as this could not only help improve their sleep, but their overall health as well.
If you have any questions about snoring, sleep apnea, or how to get a sleep study done, please give us a call at any one of our 4 locations today.