Sleep Apnea and Snoring
Snoring is an embarrassing issue that affects nearly half of all adults. The problem often causes sleeping disruptions for both the snorer and their partner. While most cases of snoring do not represent a serious medical issue, the condition is occasionally a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, which should be taken very seriously.
The experts at Ferrari Dental are here to assist you in determining the cause of your snoring and help to put a stop to the problem. Whether your snoring is just an annoyance or caused by something more concerning, our trusted team will be there for you every step of the way.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring is caused by the blockage of flowing air that travels through the passages found at the back of a person’s mouth and nose. Such blockages are typically caused by the throat becoming overly relaxed while sleeping. The result is loud vibrations that occur whenever the snorer breathes. While this can be disruptive to both the snorer and their partner, it is usually not a serious problem.
However, this does not mean that snoring should be ignored entirely. Heavy snoring is the defining characteristic of obstructive sleep apnea, a serious medical condition that indicates breathing trouble while asleep. A person with obstructive sleep apnea will experience pauses in their breathing and take shallow breaths while they are sleeping. The pauses in breathing typically last anywhere from a few seconds to longer than a minute.
People experiencing obstructive sleep apnea are advised to seek treatment as quickly as possible, since the condition can result in even more serious problems, including heart attack and stroke.
Although snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are related, their treatment methods are very different.
Snoring can usually be eliminated by making positive lifestyle changes and basic sleeping adjustments. These can include:
- Losing weight
- Additional exercise
- Avoiding sleep medication
- Limiting alcohol intake
- Sleeping on the side instead of the back
- Elevating the head while sleeping
Obstructive sleep apnea is a more serious issue that requires direct medical intervention. The treatment methods for the condition include:
- CPAP Devices
- EPAP Therapy
If you or a loved one is experiencing heavy snoring and you want to put a stop to the problem, please call us at (973) 282-8277 to schedule an appointment.