Sleep Apnea Treatment
Snoring is a common affliction among both men and women.
If your snoring is bad enough to interrupt your sleep—as well as your partner’s sleep—you might have tried over-the-counter solutions, such as nasal strips. If you have been unable to get the snoring under control, it might be time to seek professional help and be evaluated for sleep apnea.
This all-too-common condition can have serious medical implications. It’s best to find out if you have it sooner rather than later so you can get treatment.
Call Dr. Jeffrey Stasch to be tested for sleep apnea. If you are diagnosed with this condition, we can work with you to solve the problem so both you and your partner can get a good night’s sleep.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
As mentioned, many people who snore discover they have sleep apnea. But it should be noted that not all snorers have sleep apnea—and all those who have sleep apnea do not snore.
Problematic snorers who are especially loud might have blocked air passages. For these people, the blockage is so bad the passage of air is prevented, causing them to wake up numerous times during the night. Sufferers often wake up exhausted, without knowing why. This is a strong indicator of obstructive sleep apnea.
Other signs of sleep apnea include acid reflux, teeth crowding, bruxism (teeth grinding), morning headaches, hypertension, and asthma. People who have a larger-than-average neck size are more prone to sleep apnea.
Medical Complications and Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a serious condition because it puts you at a higher risk for several serious medical complications. Those with sleep apnea increase their risk for diabetes, heart failure, high blood pressure, and stroke, to name a few.
If You Receive a Sleep Apnea Diagnosis
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you have likely heard of CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure therapy). This therapy is an effective way to treat sleep apnea—if it is used correctly and regularly.
Many people find it difficult to adjust to using a mask at night, even if they have tried a variety of different options. CPAP has improved in recent years, but some sleep apnea sufferers prefer to look into other options for treatment.
One of those is the use of oral appliances. These custom-made devices open the airway by moving the lower jaw forward. As the jaw is moved forward, the collapsible part of your airway is held open by the forward movement of the tongue.
Lifestyle Changes to Treat Sleep Apnea
Although they won’t address your sleep apnea overnight, lifestyle changes over time can help alleviate the condition.
If you are overweight, losing even 10 pounds can make a difference. Heavier people have more fat pads below their chin, increasing the potential for obstructed airways.
If you are out of shape, exercise can improve the tone of your muscles, which can make your sleep apnea less severe.
If you have milder sleep apnea, sleeping on your side rather than your back can help. One trick is to sew a tennis ball on the back of a shirt to prevent you from turning onto your back. New sensor technology is also available.
Learn More about Snoring and Sleep Apnea
If you suspect you or your partner have sleep apnea, call Dr. Jeffery Stasch for a comprehensive evaluation. We can suggest treatment so you can get a good night’s sleep!