Did you know Dr. Freeman can help you get a better night’s sleep?

A custom fabricated TAP sleep appliance can quiet snoring and give your bed partner an escape from the effects of second hand snoring.

Snoring can affect your quality of life and may have an impact on those who sleep within earshot of you. Snoring is the sign of a breathing problem. When you snore, you are breathing through a narrowed airway, which is like trying to breathe through a bent hose. In some cases, snoring is a “red flag” for a more serious medical problem called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)

If you snore, it is important that you get tested for airway resistance and obstructive sleep apnea. If these conditions are not treated, they can lead to more serious health problems like high blood pressure and heart disease.

SIMPLE snoring does not necessarily affect the health of the person who is snoring. But, snoring can sometimes be a “warning sign” of two more serious breathing problems – Airway Resistance and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome falls between snoring and sleep apnea on the range of sleep disordered breathing. People with Airway Resistance experience a partial blockage of the airway, which results in resistance to airflow and difficulty breathing. Although snoring may or may not be present, patients with Airway Resistance do not stop breathing like patients with obstructive sleep apnea. However, airway resistance is a serious problem. This requires more effort/work for the muscles of your heart and puts extra stress on your cardiovascular system. This can cause numerous symptoms including sleepiness or fatigue, clenching of the teeth, headaches, reflux, weight gain, and fibromyalgia.

Treatment for Airway Resistance can do a lot to improve your health because it will be easier for you to breathe at night. If you start treating your sleep disordered breathing early when it is classified as Airway Resistance, you may prevent it from turning into the more severe problem of obstructive sleep apnea.

Dr. Freeman can evaluate your particular situation to determine the seriousness and help with a diagnosis. TAP appliances are affordable, comfortable and can be a major relief. Call for a consultation if you have concerns for yourself or a loved one.


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