No one likes being told they snore. It can often be a source of embarrassment, and chronic snoring can also cost your bed partner hours of valuable sleep each night. Unfortunately, snoring is much more than a nuisance. It can also be a sign that you suffer from a serious medical condition called sleep apnea.
When you have sleep apnea, your tongue and soft tissue in your throat collapse while you sleep, blocking your airway. This causes the soft palate and uvula (the area where the tongue and upper throat meet) to vibrate against the back of your throat. This vibration is perceived by others as snoring. The more your airway is obstructed, the louder the vibration of this soft tissue. Therefore, loud snoring is often a sign that you're experiencing a significant blockage of your airway.
If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase your risk of a variety of serious health issues, including:
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
Therefore, if you've been told that you snore, it's important to visit Dr. Wendling for a diagnostic exam at once. Dr. Wendling offers a variety of sleep apnea treatments that will open up your airway and restore a restful night of sleep.
Please contact Dr. Wendling using the form on this page or call 503-636-4069 today to schedule a sleep apnea diagnostic exam. We serve patients in the Portland, Oregon area.