Sleep Apnea & Snoring Defined
Understanding the differences between sleep apnea and snoring is the first step to diagnosis and accurate treatment of both conditions. Sleep Apnea often goes undiagnosed, and if gone untreated could lead to heart disease. Snoring is caused by obstructions to the free flow of air through passages at the back of the mouth and nose. Snoring occurs when the tongue and upper throat meet the uvula and vibrate during breathing. Snoring disturbs sleep patterns and can deprive the snorer of adequate rest. Snoring can be a sign of a more serious condition known as Sleep Apnea. Marked by multiple episodes of breathing pauses of ten seconds or more at a time, sleep apnea results in lower amounts of oxygen in the blood and puts unnecessary strain on the heart. Sleep Apnea patients can experience this event up to 300 times per night.
Treatments & Therapies
There are multiple remedies that address snoring. Forty-five percent of adults snore at least occasionally. Of those who snore, seventy-five percent have obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious condition which could lead to heart disease. There are natural ways to address snoring like making small lifestyle changes. One way to reduce snoring is to change your sleep position. Body pillows can help support the entire body and prevent snoring. Sleeping on the back often results in snoring, so try sleeping on your side. Weight loss can also help reduce snoring. Weight gain around the neck area can squeeze the internal diameter of the throat, making it likely to collapse during sleep. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea your doctor may suggest lifestyle changes, continuous positive airway pressure, oral breathing devices, medication or surgery depending on your individual situation.
At Dayton Dandes Medical Center we take an integrative approach to treatment. Patients are treated at our modern medical facility by our trained and experienced medical practitioners. A combination of conventional medicine and holistic therapies is used to address the patient not just the condition. Treatment plans are based on each individual and their needs. If you are suffering from sleep apnea or snoring contact us to schedule an appointment today and get on a path towards better health.