Even though snoring frequently benign the problem does however, link to social impairment of lifestyle for the individual and the bed partner and snoring may indicate a more significant sleep disordered known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is characterized by pauses or obstruction during breathing of which the individual is rarely aware. Sleep apnea is recognized as a problem but others witnessing the individual during episodes or is suspected by the individual because of daytime drowsiness, fatigue, and alertness.
Untreated for years the sufferer may begin to experience the early signs of cardiovascular disease including hypertension and many of the medical problems that follow untreated high blood pressure. Perhaps the most significant and subtle effect occurs in the individual dealing with the daytime fatigue and slower reaction time in processing and completing tasks that all of us are faced with each day. The individual becomes conditioned to the daytime drowsiness and fatigue and resolved to the fact that this is the way it’s always going to be.
Many of the patients that are evaluated by the Snoring and Sleep Apnea Center have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and placed on CPAP therapy. CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure remains the gold standard in the conservative treatment of sleep apnea. However, at least 50% of individuals placed on CPAP are not able to tolerate the therapy either due to the mask fit or the pressure required. Untreated, these patients are at risk for developing a long-term problems of cardiovascular disease and the effects of daytime drowsiness, fatigue, and the ability to function with adequate focus and attention.
At the Snoring and Sleep Center the team will evaluate your past sleep history, sleep studies, prior treatment and existing levels of airway obstruction on the physical exam to determine effective options. Treatment may be as simple as an oral appliance that can be fabricated in the office or a minimally invasive procedure to reduce the tongue volume. More extensive surgical procedures, if necessary, will be presented in detail. Please contact us at the Snoring and Sleep Apnea Center for a complete consultation. Thanks again for accessing our website.
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