It is estimated that 50% of adults in the United States snore and 25% of them are severe enough to put them at risk for other medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, chronic fatigue, inability to concentrate, and other medical problems. Snoring and sleep disorders are more common in males and those who are overweight, but can occur at any age and in people of all different sizes. Regardless of other factors, it usually worsens with age. Snoring is often a sign of obstructed breathing and should not be taken lightly. When snoring occurs in children, it is often a sign of enlarged and problematic tonsils and/or adenoids. Surgery may be required to remove the tonsils and adenoids in order avoid breathing difficulties. As an otolaryngologist, Dr. Bailey can determine the cause of your snoring or other sleep disorder and effectively provide a solution.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is often the cause of very loud snoring interrupted by periods of no breathing (apnea). When apnea occurs, less oxygen gets to the brain and the heart has to work harder. If this occurs frequently, it can lead to serious medical problems not to mention exhaustion during the day. Job performance, personal relationships and overall quality of life can suffer because of obstructive sleep apnea.
Common Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea:
- Loud snoring interrupted by periods of not breathing or gasping
- Waking up tired
- Daytime drowsiness
- Pain or numbness in legs
- Difficulty staying awake while driving
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
If you or someone you know experiences more than one of the above symptoms, call our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bailey. As mentioned before, sleep apnea and snoring can significantly interfere with one’s health and quality of living. A thorough examination of the nose, mouth, throat and some diagnostic testing, including a sleep study, can help identify the source of the problem and guide treatment.