Snoring on it's own is not harmful but if it is a symptom of OSA or Obstructive Sleep Apnea it could be deadly.
Snoring is caused by air trying to get through a narrowed air passage in your throat while sleeping.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or times of abnormally low breathing, while at sleep. Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last from a few seconds to minutes, and may occur 5 to 40 times or more an hour. Similarly, each abnormally low breathing event is called a hypopnea. These low or cessations in breathing cause your oxygen level in your blood to lower to a dangerous level. You are starving your heart, brain and other tissues of oxygen.
Sleep apnea is diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram, or "sleep study". There are treatments ranging from dental appliances to wearing a CPAP mask while sleeping to treat the condition successfully. We can refer you to a sleep center.
If untreated, you are at greater risk for:
- A MVA from falling asleep driving
- High blood pressure
- Heart Disease
Is the CPAP not working for you or a loved one?
Have you been diagnosed with OSA and do not wear your CPAP?
You may be able to wear an Oral appliance. Please Call us at 312-266-0044.
If you or a loved one has any of these characteristics or you have witnessed OSA please give our office a call at 312-266-0044.
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