Don’t Ignore Your Snore

Categories: Sleep Apnea

Nearly all of us snore occasionally. However, a persistent, nightly snore could indicate trouble. Often, this could be a warning signs of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). We urge people to see us for a diagnosis and to discuss possible solutions. Not only will you find a snoring solution, but you will also enjoy better sleep and an improved quality of life. How do we stop snoring in Spring and Pearland, TX?

Snoring and OSA

Did you know that chronic snoring could be linked to sleep apnea? We snore when the soft tissues in the throat and in the back of the mouth become too relaxed as we rest. The tissues then collapse, partially blocking airflow. As we force air through when breathing, the tissues vibrate and cause a loud sound. An apneic episode happens when the airflow is completely cut off. Deprived of oxygen, the brain wakes the patient. While people rarely remember these episodes, they don’t reach the deep, uninterrupted sleep needed to feel rested and relaxed the next day. Over time, untreated sleep apnea has been linked to high blood pressure, depression, heart attack, and stroke.

Home Sleep Test

First, we need to assess whether your snoring is a sign of sleep apnea. To do this, we prescribe our at-home sleep test. The patient leaves our office with a small machine that will measure blood oxygen levels and record any apneic episodes during sleep. The person avoids trying to sleep in a lab setting, while we obtain more precise and accurate results. From there, we can see if the treatment is necessary to stop snoring and prevent the complications of OSA.

Personalized Sleep Solutions

If we find you suffer from OSA, then we may help you stop snoring with a personalized sleep solution. We have a number of custom-made oral appliances available, which the patient wears at night. The devices will fit similar to a nightguard, but actually repositions the jaw, moving it forward to prevent the collapse of soft issues. Airways remain open, preventing snores and apneic episodes. Patients then obtain the deep, interruption-free rest needed to stay focused, feel alert, and avoid the complications of sleep deprivation. If you think you have a persistent snore, then contact our team today. Other warning signs could include dry mouth, headaches, waking up gasping or struggling to breathe, and daytime drowsiness. To learn more, feel free to give our office a call. We’d love to answer your questions!

Let’s Talk Sleep Apnea Solutions

Good sleep means better days, so don’t let your OSA remain untreated. To learn more about our solutions to sleep apnea, then please call Houston Sleep Solutions in Spring, TX, at (281) 320-2000, or in Pearland, TX, at (832) 564-3508.