Insomnia, snoring, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and narcolepsy could be keeping you from a good night’s sleep (which is essential to your health). Here at Regional ENT we can help determine the problem and come up with a solution.
Snoring is not sleep apnea, and sleep apnea is not snoring. Snoring is a social problem, which may involve considerable sleep disturbance, waking episodes, etc., without obstructive sleep apnea. However, many patients with loud snoring, may also have obstructive sleep apnea.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea means that your breathing often is blocked or partly blocked during sleep. The problem can be mild to severe, based on how often your lungs don’t get enough air. This may happen from 5 to more than 50 times an hour. Most commonly, positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy is the treatment of choice for OSA. It is noninvasive and can alleviate the symptoms of OSA when used as prescribed. Less commonly, surgery or oral appliances are used, which may be effective in certain cases.