Approximately half of all adult men and a third of all women snore. Not only is it a sign of sleep apnea, but it can also lead to daytime fatigue and relationship problems. If your partner keeps telling you that you snore, make an appointment with the experts at Lakeshore Ear, Nose & Throat Center in St. Clair Shores, Macomb Township, Rochester, Grosse Pointe, and Sterling Heights, Michigan. For help with your snoring or sleep apnea, call or schedule a consultation online today.

What causes snoring?

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Snoring is the result of vibrations in the uvula and soft palate at the back of your throat when you sleep. The vibrations are caused by your breath moving those soft tissues on both your inhale and exhale.

There are several contributing factors that may cause you to snore, including:

A sleep disorder known as sleep apnea may also be responsible for your snoring.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where your breath is interrupted while you sleep.

Depending on the severity of your condition, your breath can be interrupted several times a night for an average of 20-30 seconds each time. If you suffer from sleep apnea, you might not even realize that you’re not breathing correctly at night.

Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Snoring
  • Choking or gasping
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Concentration and memory issues
  • Irritability

Sleep apnea disrupts your sleep, can cause problems in your day-to-day functioning, and is associated with a range of dangerous health issues, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke

It’s important to schedule an appointment at Lakeshore ENT with a sleep apnea doctor if you suspect you have this disorder to prevent these serious issues from developing.

First, it’s important to note that not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. Your physician at Lakeshore ENT conducts a thorough exam during your consultation to determine the cause of your snoring. After identifying the underlying cause of your symptoms, they provide a customized treatment plan.

One of the first suggestions to reduce snoring and sleep apnea is often to lose weight. With about 70% of adults classified as overweight or obese, nearly everyone could improve their health and decrease their snoring by losing a few pounds.

You may benefit from using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, mouthguard, or from Inspire, an FDA-approved device that reduces sleep apnea events.

If your snoring isn’t related to sleep apnea, your doctor may suggest a procedure to stiffen your soft palate and reduce nocturnal vibrations. These procedures include injection snoreplasty, pillar implants, and laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty.

If you’re concerned about your snoring or sleep apnea, call Lakeshore Ear, Nose & Throat Center or schedule an appointment online today.

At Lakeshore ENT, we understand that one size does not fit all when it comes to sleep apnea solutions. Dr. Daniel D. Martin is proud to offer Inspire therapy as an implantable treatment option for people with Obstructive Sleep Apnea who are unable to use or get consistent benefits from CPAP.

What is Inspire for Sleep Apnea?

Inspire is an innovative sleep apnea treatment designed to provide a breath of fresh air to those who struggle with traditional CPAP therapy. This implantable device works with your body’s natural breathing process, delivering a personalized solution to keep your airway open during sleep.

How does it work?

Controlled by a compact handheld sleep remote, you can activate Inspire therapy before bedtime and deactivate it upon waking up. Inspire monitors your breathing patterns while you are asleep, and the system delivers mild stimulation to the hypoglossal nerve, which controls the movement of your tongue and other airway muscles. By stimulating these muscles, the airway remains open during sleep.

Additionally, you have the flexibility to adjust stimulation strength, both increasing and decreasing it and pause the therapy during the night if necessary.

Is Inspire safe?

The safety and effectiveness of Inspire therapy have been measured in over 100 peer-reviewed articles. Studies show patients using Inspire therapy experience significant reductions in sleep apnea events, increased daytime activity levels, and reduced daytime sleepiness.

Inspire therapy is safe, clinically proven, and FDA-approved.

During your appointment, Dr. Martin will review the following to determine if you are a candidate for Inspire.

Sleep Study Results

  • If you have not had a sleep study within the last two years, you may need a new one
  • Sleep studies can be performed at home or in a sleep lab

Sleep Apnea Severity & History

  • Inspire is intended for moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea patients who are unable to use or get benefit from CPAP

Body Mass Index (BMI)

  • BMI is a calculation based on height and weight
  • BMI requirements vary by insurance plan. Medicare requires a BMI of less than 35, some commercial plans require a BMI of less than 32

Airway Anatomy

  • Your airway anatomy will be checked during an airway exam prior to implantation. The exam will help Dr. Martin find the airway blockage that is causing your sleep apnea. This is done as a short outpatient procedure.

Inspire Implant

  • If you pass your airway exam, an implantation surgical date will be scheduled.  Your Inspire procedure will take around 2 hours and you will go home following the surgery.  Dr. Martin will provide instructions for you following the surgery.

If you’re ready to increase your sleep quality, request an appointment, today.

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