Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Snoring

We understand the disruptive nature of snoring, both to the patient and to family, and work closely with individuals to improve or eliminate this common ailment.

Snoring usually comes from vibration of the soft tissues in the throat. It can be made worse by nasal obstruction from allergies or a crooked wall inside the nose. Sometimes snoring is worse when a person lies on their back. Often snoring can be greatly improved by some relatively simple measures including:

  • Sleeping on your side.
  • Opening the nasal passages with either medication or surgery.
  • Oral appliances which can reposition the tongue.
  • Procedures which can stiffen some of the tissues in the throat.

Sleep Apnea

MRSDC Sleep Tech Applying CPAP to Patient Photo

Sleep apnea happens when patients stop breathing momentarily during sleep because of a collapse of the soft tissues in the throat. If these pauses occur frequently and last long enough, usually 10 seconds at a time, then a patient may have a condition known as obstructive sleep apnea. The effects include increased sleepiness due to disrupted sleep patterns, difficulty concentrating, morning headaches, feeling fatigued and even high blood pressure.

Sleep apnea can be diagnosed with a sleep study and if the patient does have sleep apnea then there are many methods of treatment including:

  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) which is the use of a machine to help push the air into the throat to keep it open.
  • An oral appliance to help pull the tongue and jaw forward during sleep.
  • Surgery to help open the nose.
  • Removal of the tonsils if they are large.
  • Palatal surgery, known as a uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), which is trimming of the soft palate.