Sleep Apnea - Snoring Treatment - St. Augustine ENT

Sleep-disordered breathing is a term that includes a variety of disorders implicit in multiple medical fields. The most familiar form of SDB is characterized by snoring. In general, SDB broadly classifies different stages of the disease which include snoring, upper airway resistance syndrome and sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious disorder denoted by breathing disruptions during sleep.

There are two main types of apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when soft tissue in the throat relaxes causing a blocked airway. The level of oxygen in your blood may be lowered and the brain will senses this problem causing you to awake and breathe. The rarer central sleep apnea occurs not from blockage, but when the brain does not signal the muscles required to breathe. People are more likely to remember waking up at night with this much less common form of apnea.

Signs, Symptoms & Treatments

An ENT physician, such as Dr. DePasquale, has the knowledge and experience in recommending the proper treatment for sleeping disorders based on the individual needs of each patient. Major signs or symptoms of this disorder are listed below:

  • loud chronic snoring
  • daytime sleepiness
  • morning headaches
  • trouble concentrating
  • memory problems
  • mood swings
  • dry mouth
  • sore throat

NOTE: Apnea is a chronic condition generally requiring lifelong management. With the proper treatment, you can significantly reduce life threatening issues associated with SDB and reduce disruptive snoring conditions.

If you or your spouse display any of the signs or symptoms of sleep apnea, call us at 904.461.6060 or use this website's convenient contact form for a prompt email response.

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