Snoring & Sleep Apnea
Snoring, Upper Airways Resistance and Sleep Apnea
Snoring is the sound produced by vibration of the soft tissues of the throat. These tissues relax then crowd in on each other more than in normally seen in those who don't snore. Snoring is not "just a social problem." It is the first indication of a far more dangerous sleeping disorder called sleep apnea. If you are snoring loudly and frequently, you most likely have a sleep-related breathing disorder or will develop one in the near future. Don't worry! Dr. Bray can provide effective treatments to patients in need of proper diagnosis and treatment.
Sleep apnea has been associated with , not just a lack of energy and daytime sleepiness, but also with serious medical and social problems.
- Irregular heartbeat, especially atrial fibrillation
- Weight gain
- Auto and work accidents
- Poor job and school performance
- Marital problems
- Many other symptoms and conditions
Sleep apnea is characterized by a cessation of breathing during sleep and normally accompanies by loud, habitual snoring episodes. Sleep is disrupted by these cessations in breathing, which last for ten or more seconds, often leaving you sleepy during the daytime. Your symptoms can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the length and frequency of the stoppages in breathing and associated arousals from sleep. Dr. Bray offers effective snoring treatment with a variety of solutions tailored to the patient's problems and needs.
Upper Airway Resistence
Upper airway resistance is a relatively recently appreciated category of sleep-related breathing problems. Abnormal daytime sleepiness is the main symptom of same people who chronically snore but do not actually stop breathing in their sleep. In other words, they do not have true sleep apnea, which is the cessation of breathing for more than ten seconds. But their snoring and increased upper airway resistance while asleep disrupts their sleep and makes them sleepy the next day. This abnormal sleepiness can cause people to be at risk for accidents. It is a very common disorder, and without proper intervention, it is a precursor to more serious fully-developed sleep apnea.
Dr. Bray offers effective snoring treatment with a variety of solutions tailored to the patient's problems and needs.
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