The Link Between Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring is a sound caused by the vibration of tissue that occurs as a patient breathes during sleep. Heavy snoring is a common sign of sleep apnea, a serious medical condition that causes patients to stop breathing several times each night.
Sleep apnea makes you feel fatigued and cranky during the day, and it can impair your intellectual function. Sleep apnea also increases your chances of suffering from serious medical consequences. If you suffer from heavy snoring and you think you might have sleep apnea, it’s essential to get the proper diagnosis and treatment right away.
Dr. Katz treats both snoring and sleep apnea. He’ll make sure you get the appropriate care. If you’re not suffering from sleep apnea, he can still provide relief for your snoring with an easy-to-use oral appliance. This will allow you and the people around you to get restful sleep every night.
What Causes Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
There are two major types of sleep apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Central Sleep Apnea (CSA). Over ninety percent of sleep apnea cases are due to OSA. This happens when the patient’s airflow is blocked by an obstruction in the airway somewhere between the nasal passage and the lungs. On the other hand, CSA occurs when the brain fails to signal the body to breathe during sleep.
For patients with OSA, the blockage will cause them to stop breathing several times during the night. This results in a serious reduction in the amount of oxygen traveling to the brain. The brain will notice the lowered oxygen rate and wake the patient up. At this point, the patient will often gasp for air.
Although patients with OSA don’t usually remember waking up throughout the night, this sleep disruption has significant consequences for your health and well-being.
Effective Relief for Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Ignoring your sleep apnea can be fatal. People with untreated sleep apnea are much more likely to suffer from strokes and heart attacks. The daytime fatigue caused by sleep apnea doesn’t just hurt your work performance. It also results in numerous automobile accidents that take countless lives and cause billions of dollars worth of damage every year. Anxiety, depression, insomnia, impotence, and obesity are all conditions that can be caused or exasperated by sleep apnea.
Whether it’s related to sleep apnea or not, heavy snoring puts a major strain on your relationships. Your snoring can cause your partner to miss out on valuable sleep, making them feel tired and cranky during the day.
Dr. Katz will make sure you get the right diagnosis and he’ll provide essential care to make the snoring go away. That way, you and the people closest to you can wake up every morning feeling refreshed and ready to go.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can sleep apnea be cured?
Some lifestyle modifications may help to reduce symptoms, but they typically need to be used in combination with another treatment to be effective.
- Natural lifestyle remedies include:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Regular exercise
- Use a humidifier
- Avoid alcohol and smoking
- Use oral appliances/CPAP machine
Can slender people have sleep apnea?
If you think you have sleep apnea, schedule a consultation with Dr. Katz. During the consultation, he’ll examine your mouth, throat, posture, body mass, and the soft tissue surrounding your upper airway to check for any areas that may cause an obstruction. During this time, he may recommend a sleep apnea test so we can get a clear diagnosis of your condition.