Snoring and Sleep Apnea are real problems for many people. We can help!
While we are asleep, turbulent airflow can cause the tissues of the nose and throat to vibrate and give rise to snoring. Essentially, snoring is a sound resulting from turbulent airflow that causes tissues to vibrate during sleep. Snoring sometimes can be the only sign of a more serious problem. People who snore should be evaluated to be certain that other problems such as sleep apnea, other sleeping problems, or other sleep related breathing problems.
If the snorer sleeps and breathes normally, then snoring is only a problem for the snorer’s bed partner or family members. In fact, snoring often disrupts the sleep of family members and partners more than it affects the snorer.
Witnessed apnea (stopping breathing) or gasping can suggest a breathing problem like sleep apnea (see below) or heart problems. If someone’s sleep is disrupted because of snoring, the person may also notice other symptoms. Frequently, people complain of difficulty waking up in the morning or a feeling of insufficient sleep. They may take daytime naps or fall asleep during meetings. If sleep disruption is severe, people have fallen asleep while driving or performing their daily work.
To thoroughly evaluate someone with a snoring problem, it is important to also talk to that person’s bed partner or family members. A complete history and physical examination is often performed. In addition, more detail about their snoring and sleep problems needs to be obtained. The patients may be asked about their sleep pattern and sleep hygiene, daytime symptoms of sleepiness, daytime napping, and frequency of awakening at night.
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David W. Price, M.D. P.A.
Ear, Nose, Throat
2210 San Jacinto Blvd, Ste. #3
Denton, Texas 76205-7531
940.566.6747 – phone
940.565.9162 – fax
Is Sleep Apnea serious?
Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention. The risks of undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea include heart attacks, strokes, impotence, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure and heart disease.
In addition, obstructive sleep apnea causes daytime sleepiness that can result in accidents, lost productivity and interpersonal relationship problems. The severity of the symptoms may be mild, moderate or severe.
Call our office to set an appointment for a complete examination if you are experiencing severe snoring or sleep apnea.
We Appreciate All the Kind Words from Our Patients
“Went to Dr. Price today for a cough that I’ve had for months and he was great! Dr. Price was both friendly and professional. He didn’t look confused when I talked about my symptoms (like several other doctors I’ve been to), but was experienced enough to know what he was looking at and what it’s called. He was the first doctor (out of 4 or 5) to explain the pain in my chest region and again used his experience to address it. If you have any ear, nose, throat issues, he is the doctor to see!”
– Tim Anderson