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Snoring & Sleep Apnea Prosper

Snoring & Sleep Apnea Prosper

Are you getting enough sleep?  Is your sleep disrupted or are you disrupting the sleep of your partner? Do you snore or are you suffering from sleep apnea?  If you live in Prosper or the surrounding area, Collin County ENT is nearby and can help answer the question, snoring or sleep apnea?  Which do you suffer from?

With over 90 million Americans suffering from snoring during sleep, it is important for the diagnosing physician to determine if you’re a primary snorer or a sleep apnea diagnosis. Snoring is the obstruction of the airway while sleeping due to the relaxation of the tissues in the throat.  These tissues, when relaxed, will vibrate creating a noise. Loud frequent snoring is an indicator of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) but not always a positive indicator.  OSA is a chronic condition described by pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep. When OSA sufferers fall asleep, they can stop breathing for a few seconds to more than a minute. Both snoring and sleep apnea can be triggered or worsen by obesity, large tongue and tonsils, aging and head and neck shape.

It is only a short drive from Prosper to our offices in Frisco and Plano.  When you make an appointment, our certified physicians will run a few tests to determine whether you’re a snorer or suffer from sleep apnea.  Treatment will be prescribed accordingly.  Treatments for snoring range from lifestyle adjustments, such as weight loss, a decrease in alcohol consumption and changing sleeping positions, to oral devices, nasal strips and even surgery.  The treatments for sleep apnea most often involve a CPAP device.  A CPAP device is a blower connected via a tube to a mask that is placed over the mouth or nose.  Air is blown to provide continuous pressure in the airway keeping the airway from collapsing allowing normal breathing.

Snoring is noisy and annoying but it does have serious health ramifications. Sleep apnea sufferers usually move in and out of deep sleep many times a night and breathing pauses are the culprit.  Sleep pattern interruptions lessens sleep quality.  Sleep apnea plays havoc with stress hormones and how your body uses energy resulting tired and sleepy feelings during the day. Additional side effects include weight gain, memory loss, skin aging, a greater risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, diabetes, certain cancers and even sudden death.

While your asleep in your quiet Prosper home, you may not realize you are disrupting the sleep of your partner.  Your partner may not be getting sleep because you are keeping them up all night.  Snoring and sleep apnea can be a major strain on relationships.  The lack of sleep or need for nighttime separation can foster resentment and decrease intimacy in relationships.

Bottom line, if you do not get enough uninterrupted sleep, you could experience severe health consequences. Please consult a doctor. There are treatments, and you can get your restful nights back. Schedule an appointment today at (972)596-4005 or completing our simple online form.

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