Sleep Apnea & Snoring
Many people dismiss snoring as a minor nuisance. Aside from causing rifts in relationships, snoring can also indicate a sleep-breathing disorder known as sleep apnea. The result of blocked airways, sleep apnea depletes the body of needed oxygen and creates many potentially dangerous side effects. Patients with sleep apnea may be at a greater risk for heart disease, stroke, and premature death. Fortunately, treatment for sleep apnea and snoring is often simple and straightforward.
Snoring and sleep apnea result when soft tissues, including the tongue, soft palate, and throat tissues, block the passage of air. Noisy vibrations result as the air forces its way through the narrowed passageways. Patients with sleep apnea actually stop breathing several times – even hundreds of times – throughout the night. These lapses in breath are punctuated with fits of wakefulness, which prevent the body from receiving the deep sleep required to function properly.
Patients with sleep apnea may experience:
- Daytime Fatigue
- Memory Loss
- High Blood Pressure
Dr. Chenet will work with your primary care physician or pulmonologist to treat snoring and sleep apnea. Oftentimes, patients find relief with a custom-made oral appliance that holds the jaw forward and opens air passages. The appliance fits comfortably in the mouth and is worn during sleep. Most patients have little trouble adjusting to the appliances and notice an immediate improvement in the quality of sleep received. Dr. Chenet and your physician will help you determine the best treatment available for your unique situation.