Accurate diagnosis of the cause and comfortable therapy are the keys to snoring treatments in Wake Forest
The occasional snore happens. In fact, it’s estimated almost half of Americans snore periodically, but sometimes snoring is the sign of a serious condition: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
As a hallmark symptom of OSA, the snoring attributed to this disorder is very distinctive. It may start very loud and then taper to nothing as the breathing stops. As the body realizes it can’t breathe, the sufferer may jerk awake with a gasp or a snort.
Snoring on its own, mildly or irregularly, may not need treatment. A few lifestyle changes, such as no beers before bedtime or losing a few pounds, can help, as does a change of season if your snoring is associated with hay fever.
If your snoring is caused by sleep apnea, treatment is a must and not an option. Consider the following complications of this disease:
- Heart problems due to sudden drops in oxygen levels
- Daytime fatigue
- Poor liver function
- Medication, medical procedure risks due to disruptive breathing
These risks further compound, posing undue strain on:
- Personal relationships
- School or workplace performance
- Personal, public safety resulting from accidents while driving or on-the-job
CPAP is perhaps the most well-known treatment. This machine provides air pressure through a mask while you sleep, but this setup can be quite annoying and uncomfortable. Studies have shown compliance drops in half after one year of CPAP use. What good is a therapy that is not used?
Dr. Edmond Suh uses what’s considered the “gold standard” for mild to moderate apnea: oral appliance therapy.
This custom-made appliance comfortably aligns the jaw or depresses the tongue, or both, to keep the airway open, so breathing is normal, without interruption and snoring ceases.
Snoring treatments in Wake Forest start with a call to Dr. Edmond Suh at 919 556 6200. An ambulatory sleep study may be scheduled and can be performed in the comfort of your home.