SNORING & SLEEP APNEA
The upper airway holds the keys to causing (or preventing) snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructions can exist from the tip of your nose, through the nasal airway/sinuses, and can even occur at the back of your throat. Blockage or obstruction at any area along this route can lead to snoring or obstructive sleep apnea.
Is Snoring Making You or Your Bed Partner Miserable?
Snoring sufferers understand the toll that chronic snoring can take on an entire household. Not only can snoring be causing you and your spouse to lose sleep, but it may be linked to a much more dangerous issue.
Tired of Waking Up Exhausted?
A headache is pain around the face, head, and neck area. However, there are over 100 different kinds of headaches and the causes for each kind may vary. Each differs in what part of the head it affects, the type of pain it causes, and the severity of the pain. While most headaches are harmless, you shouldn’t ignore persistent or debilitating head pain!
What is Snoring Costing You?
Snoring is caused by your airway being blocked. This blockage of the airway may be costing you much more than just aggravation. Many patients are not aware that other symptoms they may be experiencing can be directly related to snoring.
- Bad breath
- Waking up frequently
- Disrupted sleep of your spouse
- Relationship problems
- Daytime fatigue
- And more
Is Your Snoring Being Caused by Something More Serious?
Many snoring sufferers do not realize that their snoring may be caused by a much more serious condition. Your snoring may be the result of OSA or Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
What is OSA?
OSA is a serious and possibly life-altering condition that causes a periodic pause in breathing while sleeping. If undiagnosed and untreated, OSA can contribute to health conditions such as:
- High Blood Pressure
- Increased Risk of Stroke
- Increased Risk of Heart Disease
- And more
All snoring sufferers should make sure to meet with a doctor to determine whether or not they are battling Obstructive Sleep Apnea. call us today!
The Importance of Nasal Breathing:
Nasal breathing provides benefits including warming and filtering the air as we breathe in. But the benefits of nasal breathing extend well beyond this. As we breathe through our nose, the muscles in our throat will pull tight while simultaneously pulling the tongue forward. This causes our throat to become larger allowing even more airflow in.
It is this same mechanism that can help prevent snoring by opening the nasal airway. In addition, we can pull nitric oxide into the nasal airway from the sinuses this way. Nitric oxide is a chemical produced by the sinuses.
This chemical is responsible for opening blood vessels (vasodilation) which allows oxygen delivery to come to the tissues of our body. This also reduces blood pressure through the same mechanism. Breathing through our nose is what brings the nitric oxide from the sinuses into our blood by traveling into the lungs.
What Can be Done About Snoring?
There are several places where the airway may be blocked that could be contributing to or causing your snoring. Our team will examine your condition and determine which areas are contributing to your snoring.
At Exhale Sinus, we specialize in a number of snoring solutions that can provide many sufferers relief. For patients that qualify, there are minimally invasive options, like the Vivaer procedure, that can offer snoring relief.
We also offer acupuncture treatments specifically for sleep apnea. Manual acupuncture and electro-acupuncture efficacy have been confirmed in studies to improve the apnea hypopnea index (AHI) as well as increase the saturated oxygen levels in the blood.Learn more about minimally invasive snoring solutions
Are You Ready to Find a Solution to Your Snoring?
Snoring may be taking a larger toll on your quality of life than you realize. Stop kicking your spouse out of the bedroom, feeling tired, and dealing with other symptoms of chronic snoring.
It is time to find relief. Patients who are ready to find snoring relief should make an appointment with Exhale Sinus and Facial Pain Center.