Could Sleep Apnea be the cause of you or your loved one's suffering from chronic snoring?
Snoring is often considered an annoying habit that you either must live with or can solve by buying an over-the-counter remedy at a drugstore. Unfortunately, what is often thought of as an annoying inconvenience might be a sign of a more serious underlying problem; If you or someone you know is a chronic snorer, the culprit could be Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a dangerous, frequently undiagnosed breathing condition.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Apnea means to stop breathing. Sleep apnea refers to a condition where you stop breathing during sleep. Most of us know someone who snores during sleep. You may also know someone who has commented that their partner has stopped breathing during sleep for long periods of time. While snoring is often made the subject of jokes or teasing, it could be an indication of a serious health problem. The severity and danger associated with sleep apnea ranges from snoring that irritates your partner to a life-threatening medical condition. Sleep apnea is a common disorder that affects millions of men, women, and children but is often undiagnosed, despite its potentially serious consequences. It is estimated that at least ten million Americans have unrecognized sleep apnea.
OSA occurs when the airway becomes naturally obstructed. Because of the obstruction, the passage of air becomes restricted and can even stop for periods of time. This disruption and loss of airflow causes the lungs to work harder to inflate, resulting in a dissatisfying sleep, sudden awakening, daytime tiredness, and sometimes snoring. If this breathing condition goes undiagnosed and untreated, it can result in shortening someone’s life-span by sometimes 5-15 years. The scary thing about OSA is that some people have no signs or symptoms that they have it — they might not even snore!
Find the help you need in Sandpoint
If you or a loved one suffer from chronic snoring or wonder if you are affected by OSA, the office of Dr. Lewis and Dr. Hawn can be just the help you need. We offer a comfortable alternative in OSA management, including home sleep testing and oral appliances that help to ease the side effects caused by snoring and OSA. If you are a candidate, these appliances can in some cases work as an alternative to a CPAP machine.
Our sleep apnea treatment aims to not only eliminate the annoyance caused by snoring, but can improve your quality of life by ensuring a better night’s rest and overall health for your body. Schedule an appointment today and let us work with you to find the right solution.
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