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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I snore during my sleep?

Snoring occurs when the muscles in the back of your mouth and throat relax too much and shrink your airway, causing your soft palate and uvula to vibrate and hit the back of your throat. This vibration and hitting is what causes the sound that bothers your family at night. Many people think snoring is a harmless annoyance but they don’t know the harmful medical issues it could be associated with, such as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can be very serious because it can stop your breathing at random times during your sleep.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Frequent loud “snoring” is a sign of Sleep Apnea, a disorder where one “gasps for breath while asleep”. Pauses in the airflow results in a drop in the oxygen level and the brain responds by “frequent awakenings during sleep”. A major sign of sleep apnea is “excessive daytime sleepiness”. Other symptoms include morning headaches, memory issues, depression, irritation, sore throat which if unnoticed can lead to high BP, heart attack, neurological disorder, etc

Are there different types of Sleep Apnea?

There are two types of Sleep Apnea, the most common being Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This condition is the result of the airway collapsing or becoming blocked which then causes long pauses or shallow breaths. OSA is most common in those overweight but it can affect anyone.

The other type is called Central Sleep Apnea (CSA). The airway is not blocked, however the brain does not send signals to the muscles to breathe which also causes lack of oxygen to the brain and body.

Does Sleep Apnea cause health problems?

Sleep Apnea can causes a variety of health problems including:

  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Heart attacks
  • Heart palpitations
  • Depression
What is Provent therapy?

The best way to treat your snoring is by making certain lifestyle changes such as losing weight or quitting smoking. If making these lifestyle changes doesn’t help there is a new device called Provent that will prevent your breathing from being disrupted while you sleep. Provent is a simple device that you attach to the outside of your nostrils so that air can come in but makes it more difficult for air to go out. The air builds up pressure so that your airways will stay open during your sleep. Unlike other forms of treatment for sleep apnea, such as CPAP, Provent is not as uncomfortable. Many couples who have used CPAP thought that it was much more troublesome than the snoring that bothered them at first.

While Provent is a great device to treat sleep apnea, it still requires a prescription from a doctor. Visit Sleep Services of Maryland so that we can find out whether Provent is right for you or if you should try a different treatment method.

What type of symptoms does a person with Sleep Apnea have?
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Snoring
  • Gasping for breath while asleep
  • Frequent awakenings during sleep
  • Waking with dry mouth or sore throat
  • Morning headache – Frequent night time urination
  • Fatigue

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