Does Loud Snoring Mean Sleep Apnea?

Categories: Sleep Apnea

Do you often experience loud snoring? In addition to driving your significant other crazy, this could indicate the presence of obstructive sleep apnea. In order to help our Pearland, TX, patients with their loud snoring, we may suggest OSA treatment.

Try Our Quiz on Sleep Apnea and Snoring

  1. True or False: We snore due to breathing obstruction.
  2. True or False: The issue may be linked to sleep apnea.
  3. True or False: Lack of treatment impacts overall health.
  4. True or False: We have custom sleep solutions.

Answer Key

  1. True. When the soft tissues in our throat and the back of the mouth become too relaxed, they collapse and block airflow. Partial obstruction means air forced through the nose and mouth vibrates soft tissues, creating a loud sound.
  2. True. A sleep apnea episode occurs when the airflow is completely blocked by soft tissue. The patient stops breathing until the brain takes note of the oxygen levels and wakes them. Despite this happening hundreds of times per night, few people ever remember their apneic episodes. Snoring often indicates the presence of OSA.
  3. True. Without treatment, the lack of sleep leads to moodiness and an increased risk of depression. Patients also develop high blood pressure, and with it a higher chance of heart attack and stroke. Without proper sleep, our health suffers and our quality of life decreases.
  4. True. A sleep appliance looks similar to a nightguard and is worn as the patient sleeps. The appliance moves the jaw forward and allows uninterrupted breathing, so patients sleep without difficulty. Each one will be custom-made and fit comfortably, providing a non-invasive solution to a serious sleep disorder. If you have any questions about treating OSA or snoring, or if you’re ready for a diagnosis, then contact our team today. We want to help you rest easier and enjoy a better quality of life!

Do You Have a Loud Snore?

We can diagnose the issues facing you and recommend a perfect solution to your OSA. To learn more, call Houston Sleep Solutions in Spring, TX, at (281) 320-2000, or in Pearland, TX, at (832) 564-3508.