October 25, 2016

While snoring is fairly common, it can be a serious sign of a medical problem. Other than the fact that snoring can be annoying or frustrating when sleeping with others, it can be a bigger issue than you think. It can disturb your sleeping patterns, depriving you of the rest you need. You may also be snoring because your airways are obstructed. This could lead to long-term problems with your health. Learn about snoring, sleep apnea, and how to get treated.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is one of the main causes of snoring. Other than snoring, some common symptoms of this condition include:

  • Frequent periods of no breathing
  • Loud breathing
  • Insomnia
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Daytime sleepiness

When sleep apnea goes untreated, it can increase the risk of diabetes, strokes, and heart attacks. If you notice any symptoms or have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you should see a specialist for treatment.

Treatment Prevents Snoring

Snoring can be reduced or eliminated with a variety of different treatments. Sometimes all it takes is adopting some lifestyle changes. Sleeping on your side, exercising, reducing alcohol consumption before bed, and quitting smoking can all open up your airways and lessen your snoring. If snoring does not cease from these lifestyle changes, here are your options:

  • Special appliances to adjust the position of your lower jaw
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine that keeps your airway open
  • Surgery to resolve problems with your palate or nasal concerns

If you’re tired of sleep disruptions and frustrating those close to you, Dr. Dan Knellinger can treat your sleep apnea and help you solve the problem.

You Can Stop Snoring

Believe it or not, a snore-free sleep is possible. If you would like to learn more about treatments for sleep apnea, contact our office. We are happy to answer any questions and help you achieve the good night’s sleep you deserve.



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