Snoring can be obnoxious. Not only can it interfere with your own good night’s sleep, it can make it difficult for your partner or those sharing a house with you to sleep as well. Even more worrisome, it may be an indication of sleep apnea, a deadly disorder most often accompanied by chronic snoring.
If you are a snorer, there are many options available that claim to reduce or eliminate the problem, but not all of these are effective. To find the best snoring treatment in Laguna Niguel and surrounding areas, it is helpful to work with a professional who can identify the underlying causes of your condition and customize a solution that addresses these root factors.
Dr. E.M. Makhoul is pleased to offer safe, effective, noninvasive snoring treatments for men and women throughout the Saddleback Valley area. If you have struggled with snoring, please call 949-596-0296 to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help restore a restful and peaceful night’s sleep.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition that interferes with breathing. There are two types of sleep apnea: central and obstructive, both of which are marked by periods of breath cessation while sleeping. Central sleep apnea is typically related to an underlying medical condition and is often best treated with CPAP. However, for obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of the disorder, CPAP is often excessive and unnecessary.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when soft tissue collapses and blocks the airways. This may be a result of genetics or physical characteristics such as a narrow throat, though many of the causes of OSA are lifestyle-related.
Common factors contributing to OSA include:
- Tobacco use
- Alcohol and sedative use
- Narcotic use
Other factors that may contribute to OSA include being an older male with a family history of the disorder. Risks of developing OSA as an older male are reduced, however, in individuals who lead a healthy lifestyle. This means that your snoring treatment may include changes to your daily routines. Dr. Makhoul will discuss these things as appropriate during your snoring treatment consultation at our Mission Viejo office.
Is OSA Dangerous?
OSA allows the breath to stop – sometimes for as long as 10 to 20 seconds – during sleep. This alone can interfere with a restful sleep and lead to excessive daytime fatigue. Being sleepy during the day increases your risk of causing or being involved in an accident and can have a negative impact on your social, family, and work life. A lack of sleep or fitful sleep caused by OSA may also result in much more serious problems.
Some of the biggest complications linked to OSA are:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Heart attack
- hypoxia or hypoxemia
- Metabolic syndrome
- Liver failure
- Type 2 diabetes
People with OSA may also experience greater risks when undergoing routine surgical or medical procedures, particularly where anesthesia is involved.
Sleep deprivation caused by OSA can result in mood swings, anxiety and depression, difficulties concentrating and similar cognitive disruptions, making the condition one with both physical and mental repercussions.
The complications linked to OSA can often be avoided when treatment is sought in time. If you have been told you snore, visit Dr. Makhoul as soon as possible to discuss your treatment options and take the first step towards preventing the potentially deadly complications linked to this common disorder.
Symptoms of OSA
Snoring is one of the most obvious symptoms of sleep apnea. Many people become aware of the issue only after a partner complains of chronic snoring causing sleep disruptions. But what about people who live alone or whose partners are able to weather their snoring without difficulties?
You may want to speak to Dr. Makhoul about OSA if you:
- Commonly wake with a dry mouth or a sore throat
- Suffer frequent morning headaches
- Have difficulties concentrating
- Frequently wake up without feeling rested
- Wake often during the night
- Begin experiencing unusual changes in behavior
Choking and gasping for air during sleep is common with sleep apnea and may force a sufferer awake. If you have ever woken up due to your loud snoring or to a choking noise, it is a good idea to call our office right away to learn about your treatment options. Untreated, OSA can interfere with every aspect of your life and may even prove deadly. Call 949-596-0296 today to schedule your snoring treatment consultation and learn how we can help.
Treatment for Snoring and OSA
Often times, the best way to address snoring and OSA are exactly the same: preventing soft tissue from collapsing while holding the tongue in place during sleep. This can be accomplished with a comfortable and custom-fitted oral appliance provided by Dr. Makhoul.
CPAP machines are cumbersome, loud, invasive, and entirely unnecessary for the treatment of most cases of OSA. By contrast, the oral appliances prescribed by Dr. Makhoul are customized to fit comfortably into your mouth, gently hold soft tissue in place, and prevent the obstruction of airflow without noise, tubes, or masks.
Lifestyle Changes and Snoring Treatment
If your snoring is related to OSA, lifestyle changes are probably going to be necessary for long-term success. This may include:
- Changing your diet
- Giving up smoking
- Incorporating more exercise into your daily routine
- Avoiding sedatives and alcohol
The dietary changes that assist in weight control are also good for general oral health. A reduction in simple carbohydrates and foods high in sugar can reduce risks for tooth infection and decay. A reduction in alcohol and the cessation of tobacco use reduces risks for gum disease and oral cancer. Both of these things will help reduce risks of tooth loss and the eventual bone necrosis and jaw collapse that accompanies lost teeth, allowing simple lifestyle changes to have profound impacts on your oral and systemic health.
It is important to remember that there is a direct connection between the health of your mouth and the health of your body. Snoring is often just one indication of more concerning underlying problems that may require both professional treatment and personal commitment to changing how you live. During your initial consultation with Dr. Makhoul, we can discuss these things in greater detail to help you maximize the benefits of your snoring treatment.
To schedule your consultation with Dr. Makhoul at our Mission Viejo office, call 949-596-0296 today. Dr. Makhoul provides customized snoring treatment for men and women living in Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, and all surrounding areas of California.