We are all familiar with snoring. Snoring is the sound made when the tissues of the soft palate, tongue and throat partially block the airway and vibrate against the back of the throat during sleep. Snoring affects 40% of adults by age 40 and it is estimated that 45 million people snore every night affecting themselves and their bed partners. Snoring can lead to more serious health problems for both the offender and his or her bed partner. Before you seek treatment for snoring, it is very important that you have ruled out Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Otherwise, you could be overlooking a very serious condition that you have now turned into a “silent” condition, which could be deadly.
Snoring can be a symptom of a serious medical condition that can be Life Threatening. Maybe you haven’t seen a doctor yet for your annoying snoring problem, however, Dr. Layman feels that it is vitally important to determine whether or not your snoring is a symptom of the slow killer, Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Remember, snoring is thunder (just noise) and sleep apnea is lightening (potentially very lethal).
Benign snoring is easily treated with an oral appliance without a physician’s diagnosis. But, if you do have symptoms of sleep apnea, Dr. Layman will ask that you see a Board Certified Sleep Specialist for a diagnosis, usually an ENT or pulmonologist, prior to evaluating you for a sleep apnea oral appliance. Remember, if you already have been diagnosed with mild or moderate sleep apnea, your first line therapy, according to the top experts in the field of sleep medicine, is a dental sleep apnea appliance.