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There’s Snoring-Then There’s SNORING!

Is snoring a problem at your house? Do you have problems sleeping at night, or are you tired during the day?

If so, you or your partner may have obstructive sleep apnea.  Consult with Dr. Don Crow to discuss the testing alternatives that can determine whether you suffer from sleep apnea or if you just snore. Dr. Crow will discuss with you whether an at-home sleep study is sufficient or if a referral to a sleep specialist for a more comprehensive sleep study is needed.

Dr. Crow has had extensive continuing education and has been treating patients with snoring and sleep breathing disorders here at our office for over four years. He works closely with all of the local sleep medicine specialists who refer patients to him for oral appliance therapy.

Sleep apnea is a brief collapse of the airway that interrupts breathing during sleep. It can happen many times a night. Left untreated, this can have serious health repercussions as it increases stress on the body and reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood.

Sleep apnea can contribute to the development or worsening of many serious health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression, and other ailments. The American Sleep Apnea Association estimates that 38,000 people die from complications caused by sleep apnea each year.

Fortunately, there are treatment options for sleep apnea sufferers. Perhaps the best known is CPAP or continuous positive air pressure. This is a mask worn over the nose through which a machine pumps air to keep the airway open during sleep.

“CPAP machines are an extremely effective way to treat sleep apnea,” says Dr. Don Crow.  “Unfortunately, there are some people who find them difficult to tolerate. The machines are fairly quiet but do make noise and they are a bit cumbersome. Depending on the individual, the air flow can dry the eyes or cause other small irritations.”

But for many, the treatment of choice is oral appliance therapy. Oral appliances look a little bit like mouth guards worn by professional athletes. They are held entirely inside the mouth and are very discreet. They work by holding the lower jaw and tongue in a forward position to keep the airway open.

Research has shown that the compliance rate for oral appliance therapy is over 90 percent with about nine out of ten patients still using their appliance after one year.  Many people are unaware that oral appliance therapy, a primary treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea, is covered by medical insurance.

Oral appliance therapy is also effective in treating snoring. Snoring is often joked about, but it actually carries its own health concerns not only to those that snore but also to the snorer’s bed partner.  Snoring is not just an annoyance.  The sound from snoring can lead to fragmented sleep for both sleep partners and has the same health risks of sleep apnea.  Studies have shown that snorers are more likely to have hypertension, a heart attack or a stroke.

To learn more about oral appliance therapy and Dr Crow’s services visit our new website – www.EvSleep.com.  Or simply ask one of us at your next visit to learn more about how we may be able to help.

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