Sleep Apnea & Snoring Therapy
Are you one of the 12 million Americans who have sleep apnea?
Maybe you’re one of the 10 million who don’t know you have sleep apnea.
Then again, your snoring might not be related to sleep apnea at all. It sure is annoying, though! It could be affecting your health – or the health of your relationship.
If you snore or think you may have sleep apnea, Dr. Nguyen may be able to help you reclaim a good, quiet night’s sleep.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea Q&A
What is snoring?
Snoring happens when air passes over soft tissues, causing them to vibrate.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person stops breathing for periods of 10 seconds or longer, repeatedly, while asleep.
How are snoring and sleep apnea related?
Most sleep apnea sufferers snore, but not all snorers have sleep apnea. Both problems occur as a result of a partially blocked or fully obstructed air passageway.
Why are snoring and sleep apnea a problem?
Aside from the obnoxious noise, snoring isn’t a danger to your health. Sleep apnea, however, can increase your risk for heart attack, stroke, daytime accidents due to drowsiness, and mental problems, like forgetfulness, irritability, and lack of focus.
How do I know if I have sleep apnea?
More men than women suffer with sleep apnea, and being overweight is a primary risk factor. If you feel tired after a full night’s sleep, you snore, or you wake up suddenly, choking or gasping for air, you may have sleep apnea. It is a common problem that goes undiagnosed more than 80% of the time.
What can Dr. Nguyen do for my sleep apnea?
First, she’ll refer you to a sleep lab for diagnosis. The experts there will conduct a sleep study to determine if you have sleep apnea, and if so, why.
The most conservative treatment for both snoring and sleep apnea is a simple oral appliance that holds the lower jaw forward just enough so that soft tissues in the back of the mouth can’t collapse and block airflow. These appliances are often called sleepguards or snoreguards.
What if a snoreguard doesn’t work?
You may benefit from a CPAP device, though some people require surgery.
I snore. Do I just call and make an appointment with Dr. Nguyen?
Yes! You can make an appointment to discuss your snoring or sleep apnea problem, or you can bring up the topic at your check-up.
Sleep apnea is not something that should be taken lightly. It is a serious health condition. If you are consistently tired during the day, wake up with a headache, or have been told by your partner that you snore, please call our office or schedule a visit with your primary care provider to be evaluated for sleep apnea.
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