Snoring is a common problem and may often be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing becomes interrupted by the narrowing or closure of the airway during sleep for 10 or more seconds multiple times per night.
Sleep apnea is one of the most common problems treated by our team at the Center for Sleep Medicine.
Patients with sleep apnea may wake up suddenly with a gasping or choking sensation during the night. The disorder may:
- Prevent a full, restful night’s sleep
- Decrease oxygen levels during sleep
- Lead to daytime sleepiness, fatigue, and difficulties concentrating the next day
Sleep apnea treatments: Sleep apnea is most often treated with a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure therapy) or similar equipment to keep the airway open during sleep. However, treatment must be individualized, as there are many options available, depending on the severity of the condition. Options include dental appliances, weight loss, surgical procedures, or positional devices which are indicated in certain cases.
Other Types of Sleep Apnea: In some cases, sleep apnea may be unrelated to snoring or airway obstruction and specialized approaches to evaluate and treat these conditions are required. Our team of experts will assist patients in the determination of the best treatment approach for all types of sleep apnea.Related Treatments