Snoring & Sleep Apnea Specialists & Sleep Center located in Plano, TX & McKinney, TX
Almost everyone snores at one time or another. Though common, snoring occurs when there’s a narrowing in the airway passage in the throat, which may be signs of sleep apnea ― a serious sleep disorder. At Dallas Sleep in Plano and McKinney, Texas, Raj Kakar, MD, and the team specialize in diagnosing and treating snoring caused by sleep apnea. For expert care from the leading experts in sleep health, call the office most convenient to you or book an appointment online today.
Snoring Q & A
What is snoring?
Snoring is the sound that occurs when air rushes through the relaxed muscles in your throat. Snoring is common and affects people of all ages, including children.
The sleep sound is a warning noise produced by the force of air through a narrowed upper airway, caused by the collapse of soft tissue in the back of the throat.
Snoring means there’s a problem with normal breathing while you sleep.
When should I be concerned about snoring?
You should be concerned about your snoring if it affects your, or your sleep partner’s, ability to get a good night of rest. You should also be concerned if you suspect your snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition in which you stop and restart breathing multiple times while you sleep. Other symptoms you may experience with sleep apnea include:
- Waking up with dry mouth
- Unrefreshing sleep
- Morning headaches
- Daytime sleepiness
- Gasping or choking for air while you sleep
Snoring in children is also a concern. Sleep disorders in children are more common than you might think and snoring may be a sign your child has sleep apnea.
The sleep experts at Dallas Sleep recommend you come in for an evaluation if you or your sleep partner have concerns about your snoring. Dr. Kakar and the team can determine what steps they need to take to diagnose and treat your snoring.
What happens during an evaluation for snoring?
Dallas sleep conducts a comprehensive evaluation when you come in with concerns about snoring. The team uses the 5-Step Program for Snoring and Sleep Apnea™ to find the root cause of your sleep noises.
With the 5-step program, the team will:
- Get background history and discuss your problem
- Perform sleep studies to confirm a diagnosis
- Help you choose a treatment option
- Get you started on your treatment
- Schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your snoring and sleep
Dr. Kakar is a world leader in sleep health and can diagnose and treat your snoring to improve your sleep and health.
What are treatments for snoring?
Dallas sleep provides all of the effective options available to treat snoring. They work closely with you to help you find the right treatment to improve your breathing while you sleep.
Dr. Kakar and the team schedule regular follow-up appointments to monitor your snoring and the recommended treatment. They request you bring in any of your sleep equipment during your follow-up visits so they can retrieve data and evaluate your results with treatment.
Snoring is common, but may be a sign of a breathing problem. Find out what’s causing your snoring by calling Dallas Sleep or booking an appointment online today.