What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious condition that can be revealed from snoring. It is characterized by breathing pauses longer than 10 seconds a time with multiple episodes. This happens because of the upper airway narrowing or collapsing. As a result, less oxygen is present in the blood, making the heart work harder than normal. It also results in a bad sleep cycle, making people feel poorly rested and as a result impacting their whole day. Those with Apnea may be experiencing 30 to 300 of these events each night.
*If Obstructive Sleep Apnea is left untreated, there is a higher risk of developing heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and other medical problems.
How is heavy snoring evaluated?
Medical help should be taken as soon as possible for heavy snorers. Heavy snorers can be recognized by constant snoring in any position. An examination of the nose, mouth, throat, palate, and neck will be conducted using a fiberoptic scope. This will determine the cause of the snoring whether it be nasal allergy, infection, enlargement of tonsils, etc.
The symptoms listed below coupled with snoring can be linked to obstructive sleep apnea:
- Numerous breath pauses or apnea during sleep
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Stroke history
If you or a loved one suffer from any of the symptoms listed above, please contact one of our patient concierge at 817-332-4060 to schedule an appointment today!