25% of adults are habitual snorers. 45% of all adults snore at least occasionally.
Yes, I Snore. Does it Matter?
Only recently have professionals recognized the adverse medical effects of snoring, and its connection with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS). Various methods exist to treat the symptoms of OSA and UARS, including behavior modification, sleep positioning, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), Laser Assisted Uvula Palatoplasty (LAUP), and jaw adjustment techniques.
CPAP is a very common treatment which directs airflow into your airway with a specially designed nasal mask or pillows. The patient still breathes on his or her own; the flow of air cultivates enough pressure when the patient normally inhales to keep the airway open. Non-surgically, CPAP is widely regarded as the most effective treatment for the relief of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. CPAP treatment has been nearly 100% effective in eliminating sleep apnea and snoring when correctly used, and often can eliminate the need for surgery.
Am I a Candidate?
If sleep apnea affects you significantly, CPAP could be a good option for you. Dr. Warshaw or Dr. Badeaux will evaluate your symptoms and see if you meet the following criteria:
- Do you snore loudly and disturb your family and friends?
- Do you have daytime sleepiness?
- Do you wake up frequently in the middle of the night?
- Do you have frequent episodes of obstructed breathing during sleep?
- Do you suffer from morning headaches or tiredness?
While reviewing your medical history, your doctor will consider your lifestyle factors (alcohol and tobacco use, exercise), cardiovascular condition, and current medications. Getting the CPAP set up requires a sleep study to gauge the proper pressure for your airway. If significant snoring effects your life and health, talk to your otolaryngologist today to evaluate your options.