Snoring or Sleep Apnea?

Waking up exhausted and not refreshed is a frustrating occurrence – and when it happens day after day it is time to visit a sleep expert to learn why you are unable to get a good night’s rest. Sleep apnea is a very serious condition in which the breathing airway becomes blocked so that you are not getting a sufficient amount of oxygen while you are sleeping. Many people suffer from snoring, yet they may wonder if they are suffering from sleep apnea. The best way to determine if you suffer from “just” snoring or from sleep apnea is to undergo a sleep study. At Georgia Dental Sleep Disorders, Dr. Mitul Patel wants to help all of his patients achieve the highest quality sleep and to ensure that their health is not in danger while they are sleeping.

Snoring is often an indicator that a person is suffering from sleep apnea because almost all sleep apnea sufferers snore in between the occurrences of oxygen interruption. Snoring can occur when the breathing airway in the mouth, nose, or throat becomes partially blocked, which causes the soft palate of the upper mouth to vibrate. Snoring is a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea, but not every person who snores has sleep apnea. Having a sleep study done to evaluate your snoring and your sleep patterns will determine whether or not you have the debilitating sleep disorder known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

A sleep study evaluates all of the symptoms that you suffer from while sleeping: snoring, breathing issues, and interrupted sleep patterns. A sleep study analyzes how you sleep and how your body responds to your sleep. At Georgia Dental Sleep Disorders, we will evaluate how you sleep and the severity of your sleep condition. If your issue is “just” snoring, there are certain oral appliances and things that can be done to address snoring. However, if your condition is OSA, then specific steps will be put into place to not only help you achieve a good night’s rest, but also to protect your health. 

If you have concerns regarding your sleep, please contact Georgia Dental Sleep Disorders today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you achieve a restful night’s sleep and ultimate health.

Posted on Behalf of Georgia Dental Sleep Disorders