Sleep Apnea Treatment in Bryn Mawr, PA
When we go to sleep at night, we hope to awake the next morning rested and re-energized. If your sleep is interrupted, not only do you feel tired, but it may affect your ability to perform in your professional capacity and to fully enjoy your leisure time activities.
Not only can snoring be disruptive to your partner’s sleep, but intense snoring can interrupt your sleep and physically affect you the next day. Snoring is caused by the relaxing of the muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth, making the air passage smaller, and the air has more difficulty moving through this space. The result is a constricted airway, causing more air to forcefully pass by the relaxed muscles, causing vibrations that we hear as the familiar snoring sound. If this sound is intense enough, it can wake up your partner and disrupt their sleep.
If you’re waking up as a result of your own snoring, there may be more serious issues affecting you than just the sounds of your snores.
Sleep Apnea is a serious and separate condition, while distinct, it can possibly be related to your nightly snoring. There are two types of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive sleep apnea is the result of blocked airflow during sleep, usually when the soft tissue at the back of the throat collapses. Health factors, such as obesity may be a cause. This can be considered the most common form of sleep apnea in adults.
- Central sleep apnea results from a problem with how the brain sends signals to the breathing muscles. The airway is not blocked, instead, the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe. This type of sleep apnea can occur with conditions such as heart failure, brain tumors, brain infections, and stroke. Certain medicines have been suspected to have an effect, such as narcotic painkillers.
When Sleep Apnea causes you to stop breathing during your sleep, your brain receives a signal to wake you up and start breathing again. Even if you don’t remember these episodes, they significantly disturb your sleep cycle. People with sleep apnea are at risk for higher incidences of heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and depression. There are a number of ways to treat obstructive sleep apnea, including changing your sleep position, and CPAP devices (Constant Positive Air Pressure ) which you wear during the night.
Dr. Shoumer can help diagnose and treat sleep apnea by prescribing a number of oral appliances which help prevent the airway from collapsing. Visit our office in Bryn Mawr, PA to see how Dr. Amy Shoumer and her team can help your sleep issues including snoring and sleep apnea, and get you on your way to a more restful night’s sleep.