Snoring And Sleep Apnea Center
Snoring, UARS & Sleep Apnea
Sinus & Snoring Specialists offer many different treatment options for snoring and sleep apnea. It is important to understand that snoring and sleep apnea are part of the same disease process which includes: snoring, upper airway resistance syndrome, and sleep apnea.
Snoring is on the mild side. Simply said, snoring is resistance to airflow while sleeping that causes noise. This noise will bother the bed partner but otherwise does not affect the patient’s health or sleep quality.
Upper airway resistance syndrome is more severe as it also involves snoring but the amount of resistance and noise actually affects the quality of sleep of the patient with arousals and reduced restorative sleep.
Sleep apnea is the more serious issue where there is snoring and also the resistance to the airflow is so significant that there is reduced or complete lack of airflow. These episodes without airflow cause a drop in the blood oxygen and cause a real strain on the cardiovascular system.
Why sleep is important
Sleep is critical to our daily function and our overall health. It causes mental and physical repair that allows you to wake up rested and ready for the day. Although snoring is often thought of as a nuisance, it is actually directly related to many serious health conditions. Especially when snoring results in pauses in breathing during sleep called apnea. These are often heard by the bed partner as a break in snoring followed by a loud gasp and a snore.
What can cause disruptive sleep?
Sleep Hygiene plays an important role in reducing snoring and sleep apnea.
- Sleep Position is very important for many patients. Sleeping on your back will frequently increase snoring and apnea. We can offer advice about how to enhance side or prone sleeping. Certain pillow and mattress types can also be quite helpful to reduce snoring.
- Sedative Medications and Alcohol increase snoring and apnea and should be avoided before bedtime.
- Weight Gain tends to increase snoring and apnea. A diet and exercise program can be very helpful and we also work cooperatively with endocrinologists to analyze your metabolism to assist in weight loss.
- Allergy Control from our Allergy Center can reduce congestion and reduce snoring and apnea as well.
Snoring, UARS & Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
Sinus & Snoring Specialists in Austin, TX offers many different solutions to treat snoring and sleep apnea. We offer nonsurgical treatments, minimally invasive procedures, and surgical options. The point is that it is not a one size fits all treatment plan and it is tailored to each patient’s anatomical issues and desires. Our state of the art facility combined with more than 20 years of expertise and experience allows Dr. Slaughter to provide a real solution to your snoring or sleep apnea issue. Best of all you DO NOT have to go to a sleep lab to have a sleep study. We have sophisticated HST( Home Sleep Testing ) devices available in our office to allow you to accurately evaluate your sleep in the comfort of your own bed. And you will not be forced into a CPAP as we offer all of the modern techniques all available in our office procedure suite to correct the anatomical issues causing your snoring or sleep apnea.
- CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) and BiPAP (Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure)
- OA (Oral Appliance) Therapy
Minimally Invasive Office Procedures
- Inspire Upper Airway Stimulator Therapy
- Maxillary Mandibular Advancement Surgeries
Schedule a consultation
If you are experiencing problems related to snoring and sleep apnea, contact our office to schedule a consultation, or visit our sleep apnea or snoring page to learn more.