Many adults snore. Why does it matter?
Did you know that snoring can be linked to serious medical conditions? Medical professionals
have recently discovered the connection with snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS).
How do I know if I have sleep apnea?
- Do loved ones complain about your snoring?
- Do you wake up feeling unrefreshed?
- Do you experience depression?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
Research shows that those with sleep apnea experience severe side effects such as sleepiness, depression, and cardiovascular strain. Various methods exist to treat the symptoms of sleep apnea, including behavior modification, sleep positioning, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), Laser Assisted Uvula Palatoplasty (LAUP), and jaw adjustment techniques.
What is CPAP?
CPAP if a form of therapy that utilizes a machine to deliver a continuous flow of air through a uniquely designed face mask/nasal tubing. The patient still breathes on his/her own, while the continuous pressure from the CPAP keeps the airways open to facilitate regular breathing. The CPAP treatment is close to
What are the benefits of CPAP?
- Increase of daytime alertness
- Improved concentration
- Improved mood/decrease in depression
- Reduction or elimination of snoring
I’m interested in CPAP treatment. What is the next step?
If you feel that you are experiencing sleep apnea, talk to the experienced doctors at Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates. Our doctors will review various lifestyle factors (such as exercise and alcohol/tobacco use) cardiovascular conditions, and medication. CPAP treatment requires a sleep study to gauge appropriate settings. If you feel that snoring is affecting your well-being, talk to your otolaryngologist today.