You know what snoring is, right?
noisy breathing during sleep. If you
snore, you may experience poor quality sleep.
If you partner snores, your sleep may be constantly interrupted. Either way,
are at a greater risk of snoring if you are male or overweight, but snoring is
common among all ages and both genders.
It affects approximately 90 million American adults, with 37 million of those snoring on regular basis. (1) The
disruptions and lower quality of sleep resulting from snoring lead to daytime
tiredness, sleepiness, and decreased productivity
number of factors can contribute to snoring: (1)
- Normal aging and
relaxation of the throat muscles
abnormalities - nasal polyps, deviated nasal septum, enlarged tonsils or
abnormalities - inflammation of the nose and/or throat from respiratory
infection or allergy
ingestion in the evening
What can I do about OSA?
for obstructive sleep apnea vary and depend on your particular situation and the
severity of your condition, so the place to start is with an Ear Nose &
Throat doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating sleep apnea, like Dr.
A combination of multiple treatment methods may be considered, including
- Behavior modifications - losing weight, adjusting sleeping positions, quitting
smoking, avoiding alcohol and sedative use.
appliances - designed
to hold your jaw slightly down and forward to improve breathing.
- Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) - often
the first line of treatment for OSA. It
uses a system to deliver a steady, pressure-controlled amount of air to keep your
airway open while you sleep.
positive pressure delivery systems - variable positive airway pressure (VPAP),
bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) and automatic positive airway pressure
- Surgical intervention – when
CPAP and other methods of treatment prove unsuccessful to treat your OSA.
OSA can lead to negative health impacts on your body. If left untreated, OSA can significantly
increase your risks for
- heart disease
- high blood pressure
- premature death
- auto accidents
Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious condition that requires medical
attention as soon as possible. Proper diagnosis, treatment, and management of
OSA by a qualified Ear Nose & Throat specialist like Dr. Trimble can
minimize or help you avoid serious health consequences as well as improve your
quality of sleep and overall well-being.
"Great place. All of the staff are friendly and courteous. Dr. Trimble was great and takes the time to give you that little bit extra. He doesn't just run in look at you and run out. Glad that I found this office. Thank you everyone at Trimble ENT." - Jason H.
Please Note: Every patient is unique, and your results may vary.