We often think of snoring as simply an irritating habit, one that can especially annoy our significant others. However, people who frequently snore may suffer from a sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Without treatment, this disorder can lead to a poor quality of life and a number of uncomfortable symptoms. Should you seek treatment for sleep apnea for snoring?
Snoring and Other OSA Warning Signs
Aside from chronic snoring, warning signs can also include exhaustion during the day, trouble staying awake behind the wheel, moodiness, and problems concentrating on tasks on work or school. Patients also often report waking up in the morning with dry mouth, or episodes of waking up in the middle of the night gasping for air or choking. If one or more of these possible warning signs seems familiar, then please give us a call for a diagnosis!
We can often correct the issue with an oral appliance. The custom-made device will be worn as you sleep, moving the jaw forward to prevent the collapse of soft tissues. You then breathe without interruption, avoiding the onset of apneic episodes. We may also discuss the use of a CPAP machine or changes to your sleeping habits.
The Dangers of Untreated OSA
Without treatment, sleep apnea can eventually lead to depression, high blood pressure, and a greater risk of stroke and heart attack. Lack of sleep also impacts your daily quality of life, leaving you irritable and exhausted. If you have any questions about diagnosing and treating sleep apnea, then please contact our office today. We can decide which treatment option will best address your sleep symptoms.