Understanding Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring and sleep apnea affect your ability to breathe while you’re asleep, and though they may not seem like serious conditions, both can negatively impact your overall health. When you sleep, the tissues in your throat and mouth can relax too much, partially blocking your airway. The obstruction forces your breath through a smaller passage, which increases air pressure and causes the walls in your throat to vibrate loudly.
In the case of sleep apnea, your airway will close completely, stopping you from breathing for several moments. Eventually, your body will be forced awake long enough to start breathing again until the airway once again becomes completely blocked. These episodes can repeat hundreds of times a night, preventing you from falling into a deep, restful sleep.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment
The first step to treating sleep apnea is to accurately diagnose the condition. Because apneic episodes do not usually wake you from consciousness, you might not realize you have the condition until you undergo a professional sleep study. However, even if your snoring is not indicative of sleep apnea, you can benefit from treatment by finally sleeping peacefully and silently.
If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, or simply wish to stop snoring, then Dr. Nielsen can fit you with a custom oral appliance designed to keep your airway open and clear all night. Not only will sleep apnea cease, but incessant snoring will also be stopped, so you and your partner can rest peacefully.