Sleep apnea is considered a serious and potentially fatal life-threatening sleep disorder. The word apnea means without breath. In this disorder, the patient’s breathing involuntarily stops and starts while they sleep. The followings are the three main types of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea: In obstructive sleep apnea, the upper airway repetitively gets blocked partly or completely, hindering the airflow. While most people experience occasional periods without breath during sleep, it is dangerous if more than 15 episodes occur per hour. In such cases, it requires immediate medical attention to avoid health issues.
- Central Sleep Apnea: During this breathing starts and stops randomly because the brain temporarily stops signals to control breathing. People facing central sleep apnea feel severe fatigue, irritability and daytime drowsiness.
- Complex Sleep Apnea: This disorder occurs when an individual suffers from both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
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There are different snoring causes, including:
- Obesity: Most obese people have extra bulky tissues in the throat. These tissues in the throat vibrate while breathing, leading to snoring.
- Genetics and pregnancy: Some individuals have enlarged tonsils and adenoids due to hereditary factors or pregnancy. These also cause snoring.
- Nasal congestion and allergies: Flu, cold, and other allergies can cause the nasal tract to get congested. If the nasal tract is blocked, it obstructs the airflow and prevents proper breathing. As a result, the person ends up snoring.
- Sinus infection: This type of infection hinders the breathing flow and leads to snoring while sleeping.
- Deviated septum: A deviated septum also causes breathing problems, leading to snoring while sleeping.
- Central sleep apnea: In this disorder, the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe, and while the person briefly stops breathing, it can cause snoring.
Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Having obstructive sleep apnea can affect a person’s entire sleep experience and requires snoring treatment. Some of the symptoms of this sleep disorder are mentioned below:
- Gasping for air during sleep
- Dry mouth
- Short episodes where an individual stops breathing
- Waking up with a headache
- Tiredness and fatigue after sleeping all night
- Short attention span
- Loud and persistent snoring
Diagnosis of Snoring
Before the snoring reduction treatment, you need the right diagnosis from an expert. The expert will determine the type of sleep apnea, depending on your symptoms and physical examination. Moreover, some sleep apnea tests will also be performed to diagnose the type of sleep apnea. Usually, a patient is monitored overnight to identify their breathing patterns.
If an individual is diagnosed with sleep apnea, they will be sent to an ENT specialist for an examination. Moreover, some experts also refer the patients to neurologists and cardiologists, depending on their symptoms.
Snoring Treatment Procedures
At Euromed Clinic Center, we use an advanced laser anti-snoring device, known as SNORE3, for treating sleep apnea. The snoring treatment is easy to perform and takes less time due to its non-surgical nature. Instead of relying on snoring surgery, the soft tissue that hinders the airflow is treated with the SNORE3 device using high-intensity laser light. The laser light removes the excess tissue and solves the sleep apnea problem without cutting or stitching the skin. As a result, the size of the airway increases, making it easier to breathe and avoid blocking the nose.
Snoring Treatment FAQs
What is the best cure for snoring?
You can try different home remedies and lifestyle changes to treat snoring. However, these only provide temporary results. If you want to get long-lasting results, you should go for a laser treatment using an advanced device called Snore3.
How much does snoring surgery cost?
Snoring surgery is covered by insurance if a diagnosable medical condition, like obstructive sleep apnea, causes it. However, the exact treatment cost is determined by an expert during the initial consultation. It is because several variable factors influence the price, and it varies from patient to patient.
Can snoring be cured permanently?
While snoring treatments can offer long-lasting results, these results are not permanent. You have to keep getting follow-ups to maintain the results. Otherwise, the problem will restart.
Request an Appointment
Consider snoring treatment if you suffer from sleep apnea and your sleep schedule is disturbed. If you want to ask any questions from our experts at Euromed Clinic Center, please schedule an appointment for an online consultation by calling us or filling out the short online form.
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