Before You Choose A Treatment For Snoring Or Apnea...
Snoring And Apnoea Treatments Are Not All The Same
The adverse medical effects of snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) have only been recognized relatively recently (in the past thirty 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 full range of options yourself. This will equip you to discuss them 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 apnea is not a part of the 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) will typically 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 Sleep Clinic Services 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 most cases, Sleep Clinic Services can arrange for patients to undergo the sleep study in the privacy of their own home, rather than in a hospital environment.
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