Diagnosis and Treatment for Chronic Snoring and Sleep Apnea
- Posted on: Jul 30 2019
Whether it’s your partner or yourself, snoring can make it difficult for those sleeping in the same bed to get a restful night’s sleep. Snoring may also be an indication that there is a much bigger problem at hand, including that of obstructive sleep apnea. Patients in the area of Boston who are interested in addressing these concerns are welcome to book a consultation visit with Dr. Anna Petropoulos to learn more about their condition and a desirable treatment option known as Somnoplasty.
What causes snoring?
Snoring can be caused by loose tissues in the oral cavity or a blockage in the airway. This causes the vibrations that result in the snoring sound everyone despises!
What may be blocking the airways?
The nasal and oral airways may be blocked due to a variety of reasons. It may be due to:
- Deviated septum
- Enlarged nasal turbinates
- Redundant palate and uvula
- Enlarged tongue
When these issues cause blockages, they may result in snoring or worse, obstructive sleep apnea.
Understanding obstructive sleep apnea
Not everyone who snores has obstructive sleep apnea, but it is a common and noticeable symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. This sleeping disorder is due to a blockage that can cause patients to essentially stop breathing. The patient then gasps awake and then starts the sleep cycle all over again. This cyclical sleep pattern can happen hundreds of times in one night and cause patients to never reach that deep, restorative level of sleep they need to feel well-rested.
What treatments are available for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea?
At the practice of Anna Petropoulos, patients in the Boston area can seek treatment with Somnoplasty. This is a minimally-invasive treatment for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea that uses radio frequency energy to coagulation underneath the tissue service. This tightens the area and provides a reduction in tongue size and volume. By undergoing this procedure, patients can stop the symptoms of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
Interested in getting a good night’s rest?
Whether it’s you or your sleeping partner who have concerns with snoring, we encourage you to book a consultation appointment with Dr. Anna Petropoulos to discuss proper diagnosis and treatment. Call the office at (978) 739-9500 and visit her facility conveniently located in Danvers, MA.