Snoring & Insomnia

Snoring and sleep apnea is a serious health risk. It has been estimated that 90 million people in North America have breathing problems leading to snoring and sleep apnea. Patients who suffer from snoring and sleep apnea are at greater risk of heart attacks and strokes due to high blood pressure as a result of lack of oxygen.

Snoring occurs when the tongue partially blocks the airway while the patient sleeps on their back. Sleep apnea occurs when the tongue completely blocks the airway. Both situations are harmful since the patient is deprived of oxygen.

Some patients actually stop breathing for 30 seconds or more many times each night causing them to wake up several times during the night gasping for air. When they are deprived of oxygen a patient may have problems getting to sleep, waking up frequently at night, nighttime grinding of teeth, loss of memory, and difficulty concentrating.

Many patients are prescribed CPAP units which consists of an air compressor that forces up the nose in order to open the airway. While the CPAP is successful, 60% of patients are non-compliant after one year. Patients much prefer to wear an oral appliance the repositions the lower jaw and tongue forward which opens the airway.

Patient compliance with oral appliances is over 90%.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
The number one sign of a sleep apnea disorder is daytime fatigue. Excessive weight is one of the main causes of snoring and sleep apnea. Men with neck sizes more than 17”or women with more than 16” around have a greater tendency for these problems.

Snoring and sleep apnea may cause high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, chronic fatigue, heartburn, Type 2 Diabetes, depression morning headaches, impotence, lack of energy and memory loss.

Dr. Feigenbaum has been treating patients for over 25 years who have airway problems leading to snoring and sleep apnea.