Sleep & Snoring Treatment
Patients with difficulty sleeping at night and/or feeling tired during the daytime will find that our board-certified sleep specialist, Dr. Webb, can help them get a good night’s sleep once again. Those who have been told that their snoring is disruptive to others will be pleased to learn that our doctors can diagnose the location of origin of the problem-generally the nose or the back of the throat, and sometimes both-and then offer multiple treatment options. When nasal obstruction causes snoring, a minimally invasive, in-office procedure may be utilized to shrink the tissues in the sidewall of the nose, thereby improving airflow and reducing snoring.
If the problem goes beyond snoring and is characterized by gasping for air at night or stopping breathing, Dr. Webb may arrange an overnight sleep study in our state-of-the-art sleep center. If sleep apnea is evident, we help our patients by initiating non-surgical treatment such as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). Each patient is unique, and Dr. Webb will work with you to identify the exact nature and location(s) of nighttime airway obstruction and address your problem skillfully and compassionately. If you’re ready to start sleeping better, call Red River ENT today to arrange a consultation with Dr. Webb.
Diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea
Snoring may be a sign of a more serious condition known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is characterized by multiple episodes of breathing pauses greater than 10 seconds at a time, due to upper airway narrowing or collapse. This results in lower amounts of oxygen in the blood, which causes the heart to work harder. It also causes disruption of the natural sleep cycle, which makes people feel poorly rested despite adequate time in bed. Apnea patients may experience 30 to 300 such events per night.
Treatment of upper airway obstruction
Forty-five percent of normal adults snore at least occasionally and 25% are habitual snorers. Problem snoring is more frequent in males and overweight people and usually worsens with age. Snoring may be an indication of obstructed breathing and should not be taken lightly. An otolaryngologist can help you to determine where the anatomic source of your snoring may be, and offer solutions for this noisy and often embarrassing behavior.
The noisy sounds of snoring occur when there is an obstruction to the free flow of air through the passages at the back of the mouth and nose. This area is the collapsible part of the airway where the tongue and upper throat meet the soft palate and uvula. Snoring occurs when these structures strike each other and vibrate during breathing.
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