Sleep apnea is a potentially serious condition that affects an estimated two percent of women and four percent of men. It is often confused with snoring; however, snoring is just one of many common symptoms of sleep apnea.During sleep, the sleep apnea sufferer experiences long pauses in breathing broken by loud gasps of air, then snoring, and finally silence as the process repeats.
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
Why Does Sleep Apnea Occur?
There are two main causes of sleep apnea:
If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, there are several treatments available to consider, including lifestyle changes, weight loss, surgical correction, dental appliances and CPAP therapy. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Air Pressure, a machine with a mask the patient wears while sleeping that uses positive air pressure acting as a splint to keep the airway open.
If you suffer from loud snoring and other symptoms of sleep apnea, contact our office to schedule an appointment. We can evaluate your situation and discuss treatment options that will result in more restful nights and a better quality of life.