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Snoring & Sleep Apnea Therapy – Chesapeake, VA

Get the Sleep You Need Without the Noise

A middle-aged woman outside and smiling after receiving treatment for her snoring in Chesapeake

If you are prone to snoring, it’s likely you don’t get much sleep at night and neither does your partner. This loud, constant noise isn’t only annoying, but it’s also a possible sign of a more serious problem – sleep apnea. At Estrada & Estrada, PC, our team of professionals understands how to make the snoring stop as well as how to help you breathe easier at night and avoid the multiple interruptions you may experience as a result of airway blockage. With sleep apnea therapy in Chesapeake, you can notice an improvement in your sleeping patterns and enjoy a better quality of life. To find out more about this unique treatment, contact our office today.

What Causes Chronic Snoring?

A young woman asleep on her side with her mouth open and snoring

The most common reasons you might be snoring while you sleep include:

  • Enlarge tonsils or adenoids
  • Weight gain, especially in the neck area
  • Nasal or sinus congestion
  • Excessive alcohol consumption

Although viewed as a symptom of sleep apnea, snoring is the result of your mouth and throat tissues becoming relaxed and vibrating, thus, creating the snoring sound. However, should these tissues collapse onto your throat, it will create a blockage resulting in your inability to breathe. Once you cease breathing, your blood pressure will begin to rise as it tries to alert your brain for the necessity to breathe. Once you wake, you may find yourself gasping for air.

Is Snoring the Only Sign of Sleep Apnea?

A young woman holding her ears to block out the snoring her partner is doing while asleep

No, snoring is only one of many signs that can lead to a sleep apnea diagnosis. While it is often viewed as the most common, it is certainly not the only one. Other symptoms can include:

  • Chronic fatigue and daytime drowsiness
  • Forgetfulness or memory loss
  • Irritability
  • Loss of libido
  • Morning headaches
  • Insomnia

It’s also possible that your sleep apnea is not caused by snoring at all. In fact, just because you snore doesn’t mean you have sleep apnea and vice versa!

How to Treat Sleep Apnea and/or Snoring

An oral appliance used to treat sleep apnea and snoring

One of the most effective ways to treat apnea and stop snoring is with oral appliance therapy. While CPAP machines (continuous positive airway pressure) are effective, they often prove difficult to maneuver for some patients. Their bulkiness and various tubes and pieces of equipment make it a less-than-desirable solution, especially when traveling.

However, with an oral appliance that is customized based on your mouth and individual needs, it can be worn at night while you sleep and shift your jaw just enough to keep your airway open while you sleep. Not only are oral devices compact and easy to transport, but they’re comfortable to wear and offer outstanding results.

By embracing oral appliance therapy, you will be able to improve your quality of sleep, breathe easier, and enjoy a happier, more fulfilling, and productive life.