Sleep Apnea & Snoring
We Treat Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring is a sound caused by the vibration of tissue. It occurs when the patient’s airway is constricted by a blockage somewhere along the airway. Snoring is also a major symptom of sleep apnea, a serious sleeping disorder. In fact, about half of all snorers suffer from sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea occurs when there’s total blockage somewhere along the airway, causing the patient to completely stop breathing several times each night while sleeping. Dr. Alice Bassford has effective treatments for both snoring and sleep apnea to help you and your loved ones sleep peacefully every night. She’ll make sure you get the correct diagnosis and the treatment that’s right for you.
Sleep Apnea and Your Health
Sleep apnea dramatically reduces the amount of oxygen in the patient’s bloodstream. This leads to significant health issues when left untreated, making you more vulnerable to strokes, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.
Leaving your sleep apnea untreated can have devasting consequences for your physical and emotional health. Research links sleep apnea to several unpleasant conditions such as depression, insomnia, anxiety, impotence, and PTSD.
Sleep apnea restricts your day-to-day life by leaving you feeling tired and irritable during the day. It can also damage your performance at work, impair your intellectual function, and harm your personal relationships.
Effective Treatment Without CPAP
CPAP is effective for treating sleep apnea when used properly. But many patients stop using their CPAP machine because it’s unpleasant or difficult to use. Patients often complain that CPAP is loud and annoying. It forces you to sleep on your back all night long. If you need to get up during the night for any reason, you have to fully unhook and reattach your CPAP machine.
A lot of our patients in Silver Spring, MD find relief using our convenient oral appliances. This comfortable device is worn while you sleep. It relieves sleep apnea by gently repositioning the jaw, allowing the airway to remain open. Oral appliances are small, quiet, and easy-to-use. Whether you suffer from snoring or sleep apnea, Dr. Bassford will help you find the treatment that works for you. Call (301)593-5500 to learn more about our effective care.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is CPAP my only treatment option?
CPAP is the most commonly prescribed treatment for sleep apnea, but it’s not the only option. Dr. Bassford features custom-made oral appliances that relieve snoring and other sleep apnea symptoms. Many patients find oral appliances to be very effective and convenient.
Does everyone who snores suffer from sleep apnea?
About half the people who snore suffer from sleep apnea.
How do my snoring and sleep apnea affect the people around me?
The loud snoring that accompanies sleep can have a dramatic impact on the people closest to you, particularly your spouse or sleeping partner. People who share a bed with a loud snorer often suffer from the effects of sleep deprivation, such as feeling tired and irritable during the day. Snoring can also damage intimacy in a relationship, often causing parters to sleep separately.
What should I do if I think I may be suffering from sleep apnea
Contact Dr. Alice Bassford by calling (301)593-5500. She can arrange for you to take a sleep test, which is the only way to find out for sure if you have sleep apnea. If you are suffering from sleep apnea, Dr. Bassford will make sure you get the treatment that works best for you.