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Can Snoring Actually Harm Your Health? Sleep Apnea Answers from Dr. DiGiallorenzo

  • October 25, 2014

When most people think of snoring, the first thing that comes to mind is an annoyance that prevents others in the room from getting a good night’s sleep. While this noisy nighttime nuisance can certainly detract from the quality of rest you’re able to achieve, snoring may actually indicate a much more serious health issue. At LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania, Dr. David DiGiallorenzo and his team offer snoring and sleep apnea solutions that are designed to fit your lifestyle and your unique needs.

Risk Factors for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

There are many factors that may cause or increase the risk of obstructive sleep apnea. The most common are:

  • Adenoids or tonsils that are larger than normal
  • Use of alcohol or sedative medications, both of which can cause the tongue and throat muscles to relax more than is considered normal while the patient sleeps
  • Physical characteristics that impede proper airflow, including a deviated septum, an enlarged tongue, or a receding chin
  • Obesity (approximately half of OSA patients are overweight)

It is important to remember that not all loud snorers suffer from sleep apnea. Your doctor may recommend a sleep specialist in your area for accurate diagnosis of OSA. When it is time to seek treatment, Dr. DiGiallorenzo will discuss your case with you and explain all available options so that you can develop a successful treatment plan together.

Sleep Apnea Complications

When the brain and body do not receive sufficient oxygen due to sleep apnea, various tissues and organs begin to suffer over time. Serious health problems associated with untreated OSA include:

  • Heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke
  • Chronic daytime fatigue (may result in accidents at work and behind the wheel)
  • Depression and other mood problems
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Gastric reflux
  • Problems with learning, attention, and memory

Fortunately, these and other related health conditions may be avoided with proper sleep apnea treatment at LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania.

Reserve Your Consultation Today

If you or your partner suffers from excessive snoring or you think that you may be suffering from sleep apnea, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. DiGiallorenzo and his caring, experienced team. We genuinely look forward to helping you overcome snoring and sleep apnea with a comprehensive approach that takes your overall physical health into consideration from the start. Our locations in Williamsport, PA and Collegeville, PA proudly serve patients from communities in the surrounding areas of Lock Haven, Pottstown, Phoenixville, Bloomsburg, Sunbury, and beyond.