If you snore, it can be more than a nuisance noise. At the Center for Headache, TMJ, and Sleep Disorders in Denver, Dr. Steven Wilk works with people whose snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea, a serious medical condition. Learn more here.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder which affects millions of people. Characterized by extremely loud snoring and repeated episodes of breathing cessation (apnea), startling awake, and gasping, sleep apnea is related to blockage of the airway with the soft tissues of the throat and the tongue.
Obviously, when a person stops breathing, he or she is deprived of necessary oxygen. Additionally, sleep apnea is linked to health concerns such as:
The National Sleep Foundation says Obstructive Sleep Apnea is related to some personal characteristics and lifestyle elements such as:
While you cannot change your age, you can modify some factors–weight, tobacco and alcohol most notably. However, some people need additional help. That’s where Dr.Wilk and his team at the Center for Headache, TMJ, and Sleep Disorders come in.
Some sleep apnea sufferers do well with an oral appliance worn at night. Oral appliances re-position the lower jaw or hold the tongue down. Either method keeps the airway patent and reduces, or eliminates, snoring and other signs of sleep apnea.
If a loved one tells you about your snoring and episodes of sleep apnea, believe them and get a medical evaluation. Then, seek the services of Dr. Steven Wilk at the Center for Headache, TMJ, and Sleep Disorders. He’ll work with you to arrive at the best way to correct your sleep apnea. Call the office for a personal consultation: (303) 758-4865 or fill out our online form.