Snoring And Apnoea Treatments Are Not All The Same
The adverse medical effects of snoring and its association with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea / Apnea (OSA) have only been recognized relatively recently (in the past twenty years). As a result, the development of significant medical treatments is also a recent phenomenon.
The rapid development and heavy promotion of some of these strategies means that parts of the medical community are not fully aware of the complete range of treatment options which are available.
Therefore, the most important guideline on seeking treatment is to be aware of the options yourself. This will equip you to discuss the options with your doctor and it will ensure that you ultimately arrive at a decision which is truly best for you.
If you snore loudly with occasional pauses in breathing, and you frequently wake up during the night, you may be suffering from sleep apnoea. Ask your partner, or a member of your family to listen for signs of this disorder.
Heavy snorers should seek medical advice to ensure that sleep aponea / apnea is not a problem. A referral to an otolaryngologist (ENT specialist) may be necessary so that a thorough examination of the nose, mouth, throat, palate, and neck. An overnight polysomnogram (sleep study) in a clinical environment may be necessary to determine how serious the condition is and what effects it has on the patient's health.
Sleep Studies Must Be Performed Before Any Professional Treatment
Patients referred to The Sleep Therapy Clinics routinely undergo a detailed diagnostic sleep study before any form of treatment commences, to identify the true nature and severity of the condition, and to define a 'benchmark' to compare against after treatment. Be extremely wary of any treatment provider who promotes any form of treatment without first ensuring you undergo a diagnostic sleep study (polysomnogram). In many cases, The Sleep Therapy Clinics can arrange for patients to undergo the sleep study in the privacy of their own home, rather than in a hospital environment. For patients with more severe conditions, an overnight sleep study in a clinical environment may be necessary and we will arrange this for you. Independent specialist sleep physicians review all cases before treatment is provided.
For information on how the non-surgical treatment provided at The Sleep Therapy Clinics can help, click here. For information on the surgical procedures which are commonly used to treat sleep disordered breathing, click here. For information on the non-surgical treatments which are available, click here.