Florida Snoring Sleep Treatment

Whether you have a snore you can”t ignore, or have been told that you stop breathing at night, you may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) as so many others in Florida and surrounding areas do.

Snoring is no laughing matter!! Although snorers are a target of bad jokes and middle of the night elbows, loud snoring can be a sign that there is a breathing problem during sleep.

Snoring is caused by vibration of narrow air passages during sleep. For many, loud disruptive snoring is more of a social problem that may strain a relationship. But for others, blockage of the airway may cause sleep apnea, a potentially life threatening disease.

There are three main types of sleep apnea: obstructive (the most common), neurologic (where the brain tells the body not to breathe) and mixed (a combination of both).

For Florida patients with sleep apnea, deprivation of oxygen during sleep results in poor sleep patterns, daytime tiredness, poor memory, irritability and strain on the heart and lungs.

Here are the facts:

  • 50% of patients with high blood pressure and heart disease have OSAS
  • 77% male and 64% female stroke patients have OSAS
  • OSAS may be responsible for 30,000 cardiovascular deaths per year
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS) patients in Plantation, FL are 7 times more likely to be involved in motor vehicle accidents

The severity of sleep apnea is determined by how many times the patient stops breathing per hour (the Apnea Hypopnea Index). An apnea is when you stop breathing for 10 seconds or longer, and a hypopnea is a less severe version of an apnea, with different definitions, but in general, greater than 50% reduction in airflow and more than a 4% drop in your oxygen levels. Anything above 5 (apneas or hypopneas per hour) is considered clinically significant, with an AHI of 5 to 15 being considered mild, 15 to 30 is moderate, and anything above 40 is considered severe. This information is determined by undergoing a sleep study (Polysomnogram). Most studies are performed in a hospital or other outpatient settings. Home based sleep studies are available, which give Dr. Sultan in Florida basic information regarding your sleep patterns.

In addition to the AHI, Dr. Sultan in Florida will critically evaluate your airway anatomy.

The upper airway begins at the tip of the nose and extends to the vocal cords. The most common areas of blockage are at the level of the:

  • Nasopharynx- nasal septum, valves, turbinates, adenoids
  • Oropharynx- soft palate/uvula, tonsils
  • Hypopharynx- tongue, hyoid bone/neck
  • Jaw structure- upper/lower jaw/chin

Although most Florida patients with “common variety snoring” have one main area of blockage, sleep apneic patients in Florida often have multiple levels of obstruction. As the severity of the apnea increases, the magnitude and number of blockages increase.

Not treating all levels of blockage may result in incomplete or ineffective results. Florida”s Dr. Sultan prides himself on evaluating the entire spectrum of the upper airway in order to customize the best treatment for your sleep disorder.

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Dr. Leslie Sultan