Snoring can be a symptom of a life-threatening medical condition. Maybe you haven’t seen a doctor yet for your annoying snoring problem. Now is the time to visit Dr. Allman to determine whether or not your snoring is a symptom of the slow killer, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Remember, snoring is the thunder (just noise) and sleep apnea is the lightning (potentially very lethal).
We are all familiar with snoring. Snoring is the sound made when the tissues of the soft palate, tongue, and throat partially block the airway and vibrate against the back of the throat during sleep. Snoring affects 40% of adults by age 40 and it is estimated that 45 million people snore every night. Snoring can lead to more serious health problems for both the offender and his or her bed-partner. Before seeking treatment for snoring, it is very important that you have ruled out Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Otherwise, you could be overlooking a very serious “silent” condition that could be deadly.