Snoring / Sleep Apnea Treatment Westerville, Ohio

Snoring / Sleep Apnea Treatment Westerville, Ohio

Snoring is common in adults and as one ages, snoring becomes more prevalent. But oftentimes, the person snoring is not the only affected. Family members, and especially spouses, who are subjected to loud and disruptive snoring night after night, are also affected physically and emotionally. But the one who snores may also be risking developing very serious physical problems that can be life-threatening.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

It is common to think that sleep apnea is just a snoring problem. Although snoring is the obvious symptom of sleep apnea, what you don’t hear may be a more serious problem. Potentially, sleep apnea is a health-serious disorder that causes breathing to stop and start during sleep which occurs when the throat muscles relax and block your airway.

Symtoms of Sleep Apnea

In addition to loud snoring, sufferers may have morning headaches, daytime sleepiness, episodes of not breathing during sleep, high blood pressure and even depression and irritability. You may even experience waking to find yourself choking and gasping for air and difficulty concentrating during the day. These symptoms can lead to more serious health conditions, including heart attack and stroke.

Treatment of Sleep Apnea

Following a thorough sleep evaluation with Dr. Shankland, an in-home “rest and test” sleep study provided by SNAP Diagnostics can be performed for your convenience and comfort. You can now test in the privacy of your own home and bed! Your medical insurance usually covers the study procedure and SNAP Diagnostics guarantees your only out of pocket with insurance will only be $250.00. If you do not have insurance coverage, your only cost will be $350.00. The data is collected and processed by SNAP with very accurate results.

Snap Sleep Apnea

Dr. Wesley Shankland treats obstructed sleep apnea with several types of oral appliances that thrust the jaw forward during sleep to open the airway. Commonly, a C-PAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine is a standard of care for sleep therapy however, not everyone can tolerate sleeping with a mask and machine at night. Most insurances recognize diagnosis and treatment for sleep apnea, so you can contact your plan to inquire if benefits are available. In severe cases, there are patients who require surgical treatment for obstructed sleep apnea and Dr. Shankland will refer patients who require surgery.

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