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(281) 358-9974

24020 Highway 59 North
Kingwood, Texas 77339


Snoring


Untreated Sleep Apnea is Dangerous…

 

Snoring Problems

Snoring is a common problem among people of all ages.  It affects both genders of approximately 90 million American adults - that's almost a third of the entire U.S. population - on a regular basis!

Adult problem snoring is more frequent in males and overweight persons and it usually gets worse with age.  As you inhale, snoring noise is the result of your soft palate, or uvula vibrating against the back of your throat or the base of your tongue.


This vibration is caused by the flutter of loose, fleshy tissue as you breathe, making inhalation difficult. Snoring sounds are a clear indication that your breathing passage is at least partially blocked.  Snoring is usually,  a sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

 

Can Snoring Be Dangerous?

At night when snoring attains a particular severity level, the body no longer absorbs enough oxygen.  This stage is called obstructive sleep apnea.  Once obstruction occurs, snoring becomes serious enough to have profound negative effects on a person's health.

There have also been studies conducted that showed snoring to be a singular risk factor for high blood pressure (hypertension) and other cardiac diseases.  Without a doubt, a snorer will experience some degree of daytime dysfunction due to their fragmented sleep.

Snoring can cause morning headaches, concentration difficulties, reduced work performance and fatigue.  Snoring can also disrupt your bed partner's sleep quality -- that alone could be dangerous!


A Few Tips To Avoid Snoring

• Lose weight. Just being 20% over the ideal weight for your height can
   cause snoring.

• Always avoid drinking alcohol before going to bed. Since alcohol relaxes
   the body more than normal, you will snore more.

• If possible, don't take sedatives. Drugs that relax the tissues around the
   neck and head will only make your snoring worse.

• Stop smoking. It's known that smoking will cause mucous membranes
   to swell, which in turn narrow the airway passages.

• Try sleeping on your side instead of your back


More importantly, with the decrease in oxygen your heart and lungs have to work harder to keep your body oxygenated. This increased work causes high blood pressure or hypertension and eventually results in heart and lung disease!!!


Treating Snoring & Sleep Apnea
Behavior Modification:  This includes losing weight, avoiding sedatives and alcohol at night, sleeping on your side, and developing better sleeps habits.

 

Oral Appliances:  Otten resemble an athlete’s mouth guard. They help open your airway by bringing your lower jaw or your tongue forward during sleep.         


Breathing Machine:   PAP (Positive Airway Pressure) which can be:

  • CPAP – Continuous Positive  Airway Pressure
  • BiPAP – (Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure)
  • Auto-PAP – Auto adjusting Positive Airway Pressure.


Surgery:   In some cases surgery is designed to reduce obstruction or narrowing in the anatomic area that is causing the snoring.




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More importantly, with the decrease in oxygen your heart and lungs have to work harder to keep your body oxygenated. This increased work causes high blood pressure or hypertension and eventually results in heart and lung disease!!!




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