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Sleep Apnea – Melbourne, FL

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Woman sleeping with sleep apnea in Viera

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 in addition to symptoms like drowsiness and unproductivity. Fortunately, treatment for sleep apnea and snoring is often simple and straightforward.

What Causes Sleep Apnea?

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.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Sleep apnea can often go unnoticed because it occurs at night, however you and your partner can be on the lookout for these common warning signs:

  • Loud snoring
  • Waking up gasping for breath
  • Daytime Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Morning headaches
  • Depression

The only way to know if you have sleep apnea with certainty is to get a proper diagnosis by participating in a sleep study. This can be done at home or in a lab, and it will provide you with definitive results. Unfortunately, it’s estimated that around 80% of cases go untreated, which is why it’s ultimately up to you to seek help.

Risk Factors

While anyone can be affected by sleep apnea, you may have a higher risk if you:

  • Are male
  • Are overweight
  • Are older
  • Have a thick neck circumference
  • Have a narrow airway
  • Have family history of sleep apnea
  • Routinely smoke
  • Have high blood pressure

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Dr. Chenet will work with your primary care physician or pulmonologist to treat snoring and sleep apnea in Viera. Oftentimes, patients find relief with a custom-made oral appliance that holds the jaw and/or tongue in a position that opens the airway for easy breathing. 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. The best part is that it’s easy to travel with, so you’ll never have to take breaks away from your treatment. Dr. Chenet and your physician will help you determine the best treatment available for your unique situation.

If you have any questions or want to schedule a consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact our office!