Sleep Apnea & Snoring
Snoring could be related to a condition where you stop breathing for 10 seconds or more during sleep. This condition is known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA. OSA is associated with hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, strokes and gastric reflux.
There are different types of sleep apnea – obstructive, central and mixed. Causes of sleep apnea can be obesity, large neck size, old age, large tonsils, family history, nasal obstruction and tongue muscles that can thicken the walls of the windpipe.
Various Effects of Sleep Apnea:
- High blood pressure
- Heart failure, irregular heartbeats and heart attacks
- Worsening of ADHD
- Poor performance in routine activities
It is important to determine the problem at the right stage to avoid further complications. Our sleep apnea specialists are well-trained in sleep apnea diagnosis and testing.
Oral sleep apnea appliances have recently been approved by the American Academy of Sleep Physicians for treating most cases of sleep apnea. Dr. Smith incorporates the latest technology and FDA approved appliances in treating these disorders.