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Snoring may be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a serious disorder in which the snorer stops breathing several times an hour during sleep. Snoring may be loud or relatively quiet. If snoring is quiet or minimal, apneas may not be as apparent. Very often a person suffering from apnea may not be aware of the loud snoring and breathing irregularities. The bed partner is usually the first to recognize the symptoms. Sleep apnea can generally be treated effectively once diagnosed and categorized as to the type and severity. Treatment is patient-specific, and may include weight loss, prescriptions for equipment to help breathing during sleep, medications, dental devices, simple (Somnoplasty®) or more invasive surgery, usually a last resort.
1. (EDS) Excessive daytime sleepiness
8. Involuntary nighttime leg movements
If you have a combination of the above complaints, evaluation by a sleep center is recommended. Once a sleep study is performed, various treatment options can be offered to you by your physician or by the sleep center, such as medication, CPAP, and oral devices. CPAP is an air pressure machine, with a vaporizer, which keeps the airways opened during sleep.
Like all treatments, there are pros and cons, and different success rates for each type of procedure. You should make your treatment choice based upon knowledge of all available options.