Sleep Apnea & Snoring Relief in Glenpool
Snoring may be a warning sign. Talk to Dr. White to protect your health.
We all know snoring as a loud, harsh breathing sound during sleep. More than just a nuisance, snoring can be a health hazard and a warning sign of something more serious.
If you know you snore, wake frequently at night, feel tired and irritable in the day, or have morning headaches, then talk to Dr. White about these concerns.
Schedule a consultation today, and learn more about snoring and sleep apnea below.
Is Snoring Bad for My Health?
Snoring isn’t just an unpleasant sound, it may be a warning sign that your breathing is obstructed while you sleep. It can interfere with your ability to be well rested, cause daytime drowsiness, and is strongly related to cardiovascular disease.
Loud, intense snoring is an indication of a serious medical condition called sleep apnea. During episodes of sleep apnea, breathing is interrupted or constricted. This prevents the body from getting enough oxygen. The snorer may feel tired during the day and is at risk of serious diseases including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and heart failure.
Sleep apnea should not be ignored can be diagnosed by a local sleep lab. Talk to Dr. White about your options.
Treatments for Sleep Apnea
There are many ways to treat snoring and sleep apnea.
For some, lifestyle adjustments may improve the situation. For moderate to serious sufferers of sleep apnea, options may include the use of mouthpieces, medical devices, or surgery.
Here’s an overview of some of the common treatment methods—
Lifestyle changes may help improve mild conditions. Losing weight, adjusting your sleeping position from your back to your side, avoiding alcohol and smoking, and treating underlying medical conditions, such as sinus problems, are a few options.
Mouthpieces can offer relief by opening the lower jaw and adjusting the tongue to help keep your airways open while you sleep. Dr. White can custom fit an oral appliance to improve airflow while sleeping
Breathing devices may be recommended for moderate to severe cases. Referred to as continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP machines, these devices use gentle pressure to keep airways open.
Surgery can help widen breathing passages. This may involve the use of advanced medical technologies or treatments to shrink, tighten, or remove excess tissue in the throat.
Are You at Risk for Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common condition that can affect anyone, even children. However, about half of sufferers are overweight. Men are twice as likely to develop this as women, and risk increases with age.
Some people have airways that are naturally narrow, while other times sinus troubles or enlarged tonsils can reduce airflow. And certain substances such as alcohol, sedatives, and medications can also impact the airway.
If you are concerned, talk to Dr. White about your medical and family history to determine your risk for this condition. Don’t let snoring rule your life.