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Snoring & Sleep Apnea

According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, 45% of normal adults snore occasionally, and 25% are habitual snorers. Problem snoring is more frequent in males and overweight people, and it usually worsens with aging. Sleep apnea is also a common sleep disorder that involves frequent instances of stopped breathing during sleep.

At Midwest Chest Consultants in St. Charles, Missouri, we’re experts at treating snoring and sleep apnea to help you get the best night’s sleep possible.

What is Snoring?

Snoring occurs when there is an obstruction to the free flow of air through the passages at the back of the mouth and nose. This area is the collapsible part of the airway where the tongue and upper throat meet the soft palate and uvula. 

Snoring occurs when these structures strike each other and vibrate during breathing. Reasons for this include poor muscle tone in the tongue and throat, bulkiness of throat tissue, a long soft palate or uvula, and nasal passage obstruction.

Snoring disturbs sleeping patterns and deprives the snorer of appropriate rest. When snoring is severe, it can potentially cause serious, long-term health problems, including obstructive sleep apnea, which can have life-threatening consequences. 

What is Sleep Apnea?

The repeated episodes of stopping breathing while you sleep are usually caused by obstructions in the nose or throat that block a person’s airway. Central sleep apnea, which is less common, can be caused by low carbon dioxide in the blood.

Sleep apnea can result in a number of health issues including daytime drowsiness, weight gain, depression, and sexual dysfunction, and can also contribute to high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack. 

It is important to receive a proper sleep apnea diagnosis, which often involves a sleep study, so that we can determine the best treatment for you based upon the cause and severity of your condition.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatments in St. Charles, MO

If you snore or think you may have sleep apnea, you may need a sleep study to determine the most appropriate treatment for you. Our experienced sleep physicians can accurately diagnose your problem and help you get the good night’s sleep you need.

Call us today at (636) 946-1650 to schedule an appointment with one of our sleep doctors, or use our online appointment request form at your convenience.