It’s not pretty, fun or sexy, but it happens, and the conversation is how do we make it stop? No, we’re not talking about the current political mudslinging contest, we are talking about snoring. Forty-five percent of normal adults snore occasionally, and twenty-five percent are habitual snorers. So how do you know if you have a problem snoring, and what is the answer to the perfect snoring solution? We have gathered some information that can point you in the right direction to get some of the answers you need.
Other than your spouse jabbing you with a sharp elbow or hitting you with a pillow, you probably thought you never had an issue with snoring right? Well below is a simple test that you can take right now. Your answers may give you an indication that there may be an issue and that you may need to see a physician for a snoring or sleep apnea problem.
Score Your Snore?
1. Are you a loud and/or regular snorer?
2. Has your bed partner ever said you gasp or stop breathing during sleep?
3. Do you wake up unrefreshed/groggy or with headaches?
4. Are you excessively tired during the day?
5. Do you fall asleep while sitting, reading, watching TV or driving?
6. Do you have a problem with memory or concentrating?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be at risk for having obstructive sleep apnea. Also, if you are overweight have high blood pressure or a large neck, these can further increase the risk. You should discuss these symptoms with your physician or sleep specialist.
Different treatment options exist, and the appropriate treatment depends upon the severity your apnea and other factors. The extent of your apnea can be determined by taking a sleep study which is ordered by your physician. Your doctor may then recommend a sleep specialist located in your area.
There are home remedies, and over the counter products, but the best ways to deal with snoring is to talk to your doctor about choices. Left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can be extremely serious and, in some cases, even deadly.
There is help. Chase Dental SleepCare specializes in the treatment Snoring, Sleep Apnea and TMJ Disorder with the use of oral appliances. We have sleep specialists in Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Manhattan and Westchester who are dedicated to sleep health and wellness. We put your wellbeing first by recommending the treatment modality best suited for you. Call 516-506-0000, make an appointment, the consultation is free. What have you got to lose, except the snore?