Don’t Ignore the Snore

chin-upWhether you snore or sleep next to someone who does, it’s important to know that snoring can actually be a symptom of some major health issues. Most people snore on occasion, especially if they sleep on their backs, have allergies, or are particularly congested.  However, of greater concern, are the undiagnosed adults who likely have sleep apnea.  Sleep apnea has been associated with major health concerns, including heart disease and high blood pressure.

People with sleep apnea may stop breathing for seconds at a time as a result of a severely obstructed airway.   So how can you tell if your snoring is safe, or something to be concerned about?  Dr. Sultan has a few tips:

  • If your partner reports that you stop breathing, and then snort or gasp for air, you could have sleep apnea.
  • If people complain that you snore LOUDLY, you could have sleep apnea. Loud snoring is a good indicator that your body is working extra hard to get the oxygen it needs.
  • If you are aware you snore and find yourself extremely exhausted during the day, it’s possible you have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea prevents the body from getting into the deep sleep cycle that leaves you feeling refreshed during the day.  If you’re ready to curl up and take a nap anytime, anywhere, then Dr. Sultan may be able to help.

The good news for those who suffer from sleep apnea?  It’s highly treatable!  Sleep studies, 3-Dimensional airway analysis, and fiber optic exams of your breathing passages can help Dr. Sultan assess your condition.

A variety of treatment options exist, including non-surgical options. Two popular non-surgical options include Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and oral appliances.  If non-surgical options are unsuccessful, there are surgical options to remove the obstructions in the airway.  Dr. Sultan will work with you to find the best treatment plan possible.

Regardless of the severity of your snoring, it’s a good idea to have it evaluated.  Give our offices a call to schedule an appointment today.

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