Snoring and sleep apnea make for wakeful nights, so it’s difficult to concentrate at work or enjoy life. A long-term pattern of sleep interruptions can cause serious health problems, so seek out the experts at ENT and Allergy Specialists to find a solution to your sleep issues. Call one of the four offices in Bryn Mawr, Pottstown, Phoenixville, or East Norriton, Pennsylvania or book an appointment online today.
Almost half of all adults snore. If your snoring happens most nights, ENT and Allergy Specialists can help evaluate whether it’s a legitimate problem.
Snoring occurs when there’s an obstruction to the air flow through the back of your mouth and nose. This causes tissue at the back of your throat to vibrate and create the snoring sound.
Children may snore due to enlarged tonsils or adenoids. Adults may find that alcohol and drug use, allergies, being overweight, and soft tissue abnormalities cause snoring.
Excessive snoring could be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. Even if your snoring isn’t related to another condition, if it’s interfering with your restful sleep or that of your partner, it’s important to find a solution.
Loud snoring combined with periods during which breathing stops entirely is known as obstructive sleep apnea.
Severe sleep apnea can result in breathing interruptions lasting more than 10 seconds that occur multiple times an hour. This pattern can continue through the night, and you might not even be aware the episodes are happening.
Sleep apnea can result in reduced blood oxygen levels, leading to problems with the cardiovascular system and daytime fatigue, which can affect your work and lifestyle.
ENT and Allergy Specialists now offers an At Home Sleep Study that can help diagnose sleep apnea. It collects information about your breathing and sleep patterns while you remain in the comfort of your bed.
A board-certified sleep medicine specialist analyzes the data collected and helps the doctors at ENT and Allergy Specialists devise an appropriate treatment plan.
Treatment depends on the cause of your sleep issues. You may be encouraged to lose weight, establish regular sleep patterns, or avoid certain medications and alcohol before bed. If your snoring is due to allergies, you’ll receive a unique treatment plan to address the cause.
In-office procedures and, in some cases, surgery, relieve chronic snoring or sleep apnea when it’s discovered you have obstructive tissue in the throat, palate, upper airway, or base of your tongue. If surgery is inadvisable, you may be prescribed a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device that delivers air pressure into your throat to keep your airway open.
Trust ENT and Allergy Specialists to help you get a better night of sleep. Call today or book an appointment online.