“Laugh, and the world laughs with you; snore, and you sleep alone.”
– Anthony Burgess
Although snorers have been the butt of many jokes, snoring is no laughing matter. Snoring’s cousin, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, has become a serious health issue spawning many other health issues and even Sudden Death!
Snoring can be the outward sign of untreated Sleep Apnea
The cause of both Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the same – a collapsed airway. The degree of collapse produces results that range from a soft purring to window-rattling snoring to total silence. While the bed partner might initially welcome the silence, when the snorer is silent, he is NO LONGER BREATHING.
The treatment for both of these afflictions is to open the airway. You may visit our Treatment Options page for a more in-depth discussion, but the conservative treatment includes both CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) Therapy and
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT).
- Those diagnosed as snorers.
- Those Diagnosed as having Mild or Moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
- Those who have failed CPAP or are CPAP Intolerant.
- Those who refuse to wear CPAP.
Many of our Sleep Apnea patients experience snoring, tiredness or fatigue, morning headaches, changes in mood or behavior, frequent sleep disruptions (including frequent urination), memory loss, choking, or gasping for air in the middle of the night. All of these events can also affect your bed partner. The bed partner of someone with sleep apnea loses more than an hour of sleep each night. This phenomenon is known as Secondary Snoring. Everyone loses when someone in the home snores or suffers from Sleep Apnea.
Dr. Joe Hair has been working with the Sleep Physicians in this area, and providing this treatment since 2008. He is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) and the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines (ACSDD).
If you, or your bed partner, experience any of the issues above, we encourage you come see us to get options for treatment that will allow you to sleep like a baby, again.