The Difference Between Snoring & Sleep Apnea
ADVENT knows when you or your partner are suffering from snoring or sleep apnea, it can lead to many sleepless nights, a cycle of temporary fixes and frustration, or may even result in a sleep divorce.
Snoring and sleep apnea go hand-in-hand. You may be suffering from snoring and not have sleep apnea, but typically, if you suffer from sleep apnea, you will experience snoring. Here’s the difference between snoring and sleep apnea, the symptoms of sleep apnea, and what you can do to treat both.
What is Snoring?
Snoring occurs when air flows past relaxed tissues and muscle in the throat. The uvula is lowered by the relaxation, producing a vibration and the obnoxious noise we know as snoring.
Snoring can occur temporarily or due to an underlying issue. Instances such as a cold, alcohol, weight loss or gain, and age can induce snoring. It can also be indicative of serious health conditions, such as sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
There are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and mixed. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when the throat muscles relax, causing your breathing to repeatedly stop and start. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common, where the airway is blocked by soft tissue and the throat collapses and closes during sleep.
The most prominent symptom associated with sleep apnea is loud snoring, but it also associated with obesity, daytime fatigue, awakening to shortness of breath during sleep, dry mouth and headaches. If untreated, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, memory loss, weight gain, impotence and injury on the job or behind the wheel.
Treating Your Snoring & Sleep Apnea
You’ve already made too many trips to the pharmacy and more nights on the couch than you’d care to admit to address your sleep concerns. You may have even tried a few of the gadgets promising relief from Amazon. The search stops here.
ADVENT knows you need to breathe right to sleep right. In fact, nearly 80% of snoring and sleep apnea sufferers have blockage in both the throat and nose, that’s why we we’ve pioneered The Breathing Triangle® evaluation.
With a proper breathing triangle evaluation, we can detect any underlying issues that may be at the root of your snoring. With the help of an at home sleep study, we can evaluate your snoring and oxygen levels to detect sleep apnea.
If determined you suffer from snoring and/or sleep apnea, you may find that you are a candidate for one of ADVENT’s simple, in-office solutions. An office-based solution like Balloon Sinuplasty or Turbinate Reduction can help to open up the airways, potentially decreasing snoring or sleep apnea, or making a CPAP or oral appliance therapy more tolerable. Once the nasal airways are more open, a simple solution like Snoreplasty can address the areas of the throat.
Whether you or your partner are suffering from snoring or sleep apnea, you both deserve to breathe well, sleep well and live better.