Snoring & Sleep Apnea Treatment on UWS
What is Snoring?
Caused by a narrowing or blocking of the airway, snoring disrupts the airflow and causes the soft palate and tissues of the throat to vibrate. The uvula vibrates during inhalation and creates the snore sound. The narrower the airway becomes, the louder the snoring.
Do You Snore?
- Do you experience restless sleep?
- Do you wake up tired?
- Do you have difficulty concentrating?
- Do you have frequent headaches in the morning?
- Do you wake up with a sore throat?
- Does your partner tell you that you snore?
If you answered yes, snoring may be impacting your overall health.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is an ongoing disorder in which a patient experiences one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep. The sleep disruption caused by sleep apnea can negatively impact your quality of sleep, leaving you tired and irritable.
Could Sleep Apnea be Disrupting Your Sleep?
- Do you wake up with a dry mouth?
- Do you wake up gasping for air?
- Do you suffer from excessive sleepiness during the day?
- Are you irritable?
- Do you have frequent morning headaches?
- Does your partner tell you that you snore loudly?
- Does your partner report that you stop breathing while you sleep?
If you answered yes, you may be experiencing sleep apnea.
Treatments for Disrupted Sleep
Treating Snoring and Mild Sleep Apnea
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) can often be an effective treatment for patients suffering from snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Patients can achieve relief using a custom removable oral appliance that adjusts the position of the lower jaw and tongue to minimize airway obstruction.
Treating Moderate to Severe Sleep Apnea
Oral Appliance Therapy can also be used to treat moderate to severe sleep apnea. A breathing device called CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) may also be an effective treatment option. A CPAP machine uses a mask that fits over your mouth and/or nose and gently blows air into your throat. This constant air pressure helps keep your airway open while you sleep. An oral appliance can be used in conjunction with or as an alternative to the CPAP if a patient is unable to tolerate using the CPAP machine. In more severe cases, the bones of the upper and lower jaw may be repositioned to increase the size of the airway(telognathic surgery).