The loud snoring caused by sleep apnea can easily disrupt a sleeping partner’s rest, so their frustration is understandable. Fortunately, we can work with you to eliminate this symptom. The first step in stopping your loud snoring is to be evaluated to make sure that sleep apnea is the cause. Snoring can result from other issues, so it’s important to know what is causing your snoring before pursuing treatment. If you have been told that you snore loudly, come to our office for an evaluation.
The key to effective sleep apnea treatment is to prevent the soft tissues at the back of the throat from blocking the airway. This can be accomplished in a number of different ways. A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device keeps the airway open by forcing air into it while the patient is asleep. While this treatment method is highly effective, patients often don’t use it properly or at all, because it requires them to wear an uncomfortable mask throughout the night.
Another alternative is oral appliance therapy, in which the patient wears a device that feels similar to an athletic mouthguard. That custom-designed appliance keeps either the patient’s tongue or jaw in a forward position to reduce the likelihood of airway obstruction. Because oral appliance therapy is more comfortable and convenient, patients are much more likely to comply and get the full benefits from it.
Restoring peace to your relationship isn’t the only benefit of sleep apnea treatment. Sleep apnea is associated with a number of serious health risks, including obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease, among other issues. So, if you can eliminate your sleep apnea, you’ll likely improve your health as well. Additionally, sleep apnea can have a significant effect on your quality of life, reducing your energy levels and negatively influencing your mood. Sleep apnea treatment also offers benefits to those aspects of your well-being.