Snoring & Sleep Apnea in Ellicott City MD
Does excessive snoring keep you or your partner awake at night? You may feel self-conscious and embarrassed, but your snoring is not all that unusual. Snoring is actually a very common problem that affects both genders and people of all ages. In fact, The National Sleep Foundation estimates that 37 million people snore on a regular basis.
If you’re interested in eliminating your snoring, you may not necessarily have to deal with complicated devices or medical procedures. In many cases, Jennifer Sokolosky, DMD, can provide you with a customized appliance designed to reduce snoring and allow you to get a good night’s sleep
Why Do I Snore?
During sleep, your tongue and the muscles in your throat relax, and as you breathe the walls of your throat begin to vibrate, leading to the characteristic sound of snoring.
In more serious cases, the walls of the throat collapse, completely blocking the airway and creating a cessation of breathing, a condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which requires medical attention. It’s important to note, however, that snoring is not always a symptom of OSA.
How Do I Know if I Snore?
Since most snorers aren’t aware that they snore, they must often rely on the observations of their partners or other household members. In some cases, snorers wake up during the night choking and gasping for breath, but this happens infrequently.
Some common symptoms of snoring are:
- Waking at night feeling confused
- Noticeable pauses in breathing during sleep
- Awakening in the morning feeling sleepy
- Feeling sleepy during the day
- Waking up with a headache
- Noticing a change in your level of attention, concentration, or memory
You can also measure and track your snoring with the Snore Lab app: http://www.snorelab.com/
How Can You Help Me Stop Snoring?
If others have told you that your snoring is disruptive or if you have any of the symptoms above, start by consulting your doctor. He or she will determine if you require a sleep test to see if you have OSA and how your snoring affects the quality of your sleep.
Some cases of sleep apnea are serious enough to require a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device. However, we can often reduce the symptoms with a simple oral appliance worn during sleep. It’s designed to relieve snoring by holding your lower jaw in a forward position while you sleep. This device helps keep the airway open, which can reduce your snoring.
Please Contact Us for an Appointment
We urge you to take steps to find out why you snore and what can be done to treat it. Dr. Sokolosky will coordinate with your physician to ensure that we find the safest, most effective solution for you. If you're concerned about the cost of your treatment, we're pleased to tell you that our office is equipped to handle medical insurance billing for these devices.
Please give us a call to arrange a convenient appointment for a consultation.