Why snoring is a big problem
Snoring isn’t a big problem for most people despite the numerous complaints one may hear about it. To many, everyone snores so it’s a condition that can be left alone and ignored. Right? Wrong. Even though most people decide to take no action to solve their snoring problem, the fact remains that it may be linked to a very serious health condition known as sleep apnea. While it isn’t the cause for all patients who seek help from Dr. Bittner, having undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea can cause all sorts of health risks. Of course, for some patients it may be a result of something less serious, but sleep apnea cannot be ruled out unless proper testing (an at-home or overnight sleep study) and examinations have been completed.
Why Do I Snore?
For each patient there is usually a different reason or a combination of factors that cause snoring, but it usually occurs because the soft tissues in the throat along with the soft palate begin to vibrate due to airway restriction. When air isn’t able to flow in and out of your airway freely while you sleep, the tissues within your mouth and throat will begin to vibrate which then causes one to snore. The tissues involved include the:
- Soft palate
- Excessive fatty tissues within the throat
Though things such as a poor sleeping position or a cold or other illness may cause you to snore, if you find that you are snoring on a constant basis, it is time to consult with Dr. Bittner so that this problem can be addressed and treated properly. Remember that snoring affects not only you but those around you, especially if it is known to be quite loud.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
While not every patient who suffers from nightly snoring also suffers from sleep apnea, it never hurts to be tested for the condition. Knowing whether or not you suffer from sleep apnea as well will make finding the snoring treatment you require much easier. Those patients who snore as a result of sleep apnea often need a different type of treatment that is more focused towards treating sleep apnea as opposed to simple snoring.
Snore No More!
Until proper testing and diagnosis is completed, there is no guarantee that your snoring problem may be caused by sleep apnea (especially obstructive sleep apnea or OSA). Many snoring devices have helped lessen, if not completely stop one’s snore problem; however, with sleep apnea, just masking it is not enough, and in fact, could potentially make undiagnosed sleep apnea worse!
If you’re unsure whether you have sleep apnea or if you’re looking to find the proper device that is suitable enough to use to treat your snoring problem, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Roubal to figure out the best course of action. Dr. Bittner is experienced in working with patients whom suffer from sleep apnea as well as those whom snore at night.She will help you obtain the proper testing and diagnosis with the help of trained medical professionals.