Apnea Medical Risks
of us snore at some point in our lives for a variety of reasons.
Occasional snoring is not a problem but chronic snoring may be
a symptom of a more serious disorder called sleep apnea. Although
sleep apnea can occur in both men and women at any age, it appears
to be most common in men. Sleep apnea affects approximately 20%
of the population and can cause breathing to cease for more than
10 seconds. This can occur as many as 300 times or more in one
People who suffer from sleep apnea have been found to have an
increased risk of stroke, heart disease, and heartbeat irregularities.
There are certain risk factors, like obesity and high blood pressure,
which can increase your chances of developing sleep apnea. Research
also concludes that sleep apnea can run in families, suggesting
a possible genetic link.
the person suffering from sleep apnea is the last one to know.
Most sleep apnea sufferers don’t even realize that they
are waking up throughout the night gasping for air. It is very
often their sleep partner who suffers the most from the constant
noise and gasping that can go on throughout the night. Coworkers
and friends may notice that the person who is afflicted with sleep
apnea is excessively tired and irritable during the day. Since
it is possible for the person suffering from sleep apnea to remain
unaware of their condition, it is important that the people in
their lives speak up when they observe the symptoms.
apnea can be a serious condition and will only continue to worsen
if left untreated. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms,
check with your doctor. It is vital that the cause of sleep apnea
be correctly determined before any treatment is prescribed.
"normal" snoring may respond to non-medical treatment,
such as simply changing pillows, sleep positions, or cutting out
certain foods, sleep apnea is potentially life-threatening and
should not be left to do-it-yourself approaches.
are a variety of dental and oral devices on the market today that
can be used to reduce the effects of chronic snoring or sleep
apnea. Surgery is also an option. A Continuous Positive Airway
Pressure (CPAP) machine is one of most common forms of treatment
for chronic snoring and sleep apnea. Another more desirable treatment
that has shown great results is the 'Pillar Procedure'. Done in
one simple office visit, three small woven inserts are placed
into the soft palate of the mouth, reducing the vibrations that
cause the snoring noise to occur. This is an FDA approved, less
invasive option that has proven itself to be effective in approximately
80% of its recipients.
to Dr.'s Jennifer Jordan and Dwight Lee, Dallas, TX-based experts
in sleep apnea and chronic snoring, the Pillar
Procedure is virtually pain-free.
a doctor can determine the cause of your snoring and advise you
on which option would work best for you. If it is determined that
you have sleep apnea, be sure to ask about the Pilar Procedure.
If your doctor is not familiar with it, give
Dr. Jordan or Lee a call or visit their web site for more information.