Tired of Sleepless Nights?
Snoring may be a cause of teasing and midnight escapes to the couch, but in reality it’s not to be taken lightly. In its most severe forms, this common sleeping disorder can be more than an annoyance for those who are kept awake—if it’s a symptom of a more serious condition known as sleep apnea , it can also pose a hazard to the health of the men, women, and children it afflicts.
Snoring & Sleep Apnea: What’s the Difference?
In itself, snoring is not particularly harmful. When the sleeping person’s airway is partially blocked by the uvula (a piece of hanging skin in the back of the throat), the extra efforts to breathe result in a vibration that produces the often unpleasant noise associated with snoring. Up to half of all Americans experience ordinary snoring, although many of them may not even be aware of the problem.
To determine the degree of seriousness of a sleep disorder, it’s important to understand the differences between run-of-the-mill snoring and what is known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). With sleep apnea, the effects can be much more serious. Those suffering from OSA are more susceptible to strokes, heart attacks, high blood pressure, and lowered libido. Sleep apnea also prevents a restful night’s sleep, resulting in drowsiness and sluggishness during the day. The disorder can even interfere with breathing patterns, sometimes causing the sufferer to stop breathing for seconds or minutes at a time throughout the night.
Rest Easier with Effective Treatments
At Renewing Sleep, we’re committed to reducing the short-term symptoms and long-term effects of both snoring and sleep apnea. We provide no fee consultations for those who are curious about treatment options and for those who are unhappy with their current sleep apnea treatment. With the right treatment, you can reduce dangerous risks and start getting the rest you need to function properly during the day. Patients come to us looking for solutions and alternatives to their current treatments. In most cases we have found the most effective and convenient way of treating sleep apnea is through the use of oral appliances. We examine every patient and create a custom treatment plan. We do not believe in one size fits all treatments.
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To learn more about snoring and sleep apnea and how we can treat them, contact our office at (828)669-2974 or send us an email.