Many patients ask us if we have a treatment for snoring. The more we learned about the potential causes of snoring, and its treatment, the more obvious it became that obstructive sleep apnea, also known as OSA, was a growing concern for our patients and their families. In fact, the National Sleep Foundation estimates that over 18 Million Americans suffer from some form of sleep apnea. In the greater Chicago area, that’s over half a million people who are not getting the sleep they need to maintain their physical and mental health.
Sleep apnea occurs when tissue in the back of the throat collapses and blocks the airway, reducing the amount of oxygen delivered to all of your organs including your heart and brain. People with sleep apnea may snore loudly and stop breathing for short periods of time. This can cause the body to momentarily wake up, but happen so fast you are unaware you woke up. This can happen hundreds of times a night, leaving you feeling feeling tired and unrefreshed when you wake.