Sleep Apnea – Snoring Treatment
You should never underestimate the value of a good night’s sleep, but sleep apnea can get in the way. If you have excessive snoring, you may have sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type. It occurs when your throat muscles relax overnight, and you stop breathing for periods of time while sleeping.
Risks of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is more than a nuisance. It can:
- Lead to lower quality of life if you are always fatigued during the day from sleep deprivation.
- Cause headaches and irritability.
- Interfere with work and other activities if you cannot concentrate.
- Lead to accidents if you doze off during the day.
- Be life-threatening if you stop breathing while sleeping and you do not wake up.
Sleep Apnea Diagnosis
Dr. Fletcher starts with an overview of your medical history and your symptoms to determine whether you may have sleep apnea. If your child has periods of time without breathing while sleeping, or gasps for air, he/she may have sleep apnea. Adults may need an overnight study known as a polysomnogram for diagnosis of sleep apnea. You might also be asked to complete a sleepiness survey that indicates how much your lack sleep is interfering with your life.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
The first line of sleep apnea treatment is to use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine while you sleep. This helps you breathe overnight and is nearly always effective when you use it properly. You can expect to sleep better at night and feel better during the day soon! Surgery is another possibility if you do not want to use a CPAP machine.