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What You Should Know About Sleep Disorders in Gilroy, CA

Forty-five percent of adults snore at least occasionally, and 25 percent are habitual snorers. Problem snoring is more frequent in males and overweight people, and it usually grows worse with age. The noisy sounds of snoring occur when there is an obstruction to the free flow of air through the passages at the back of the mouth and nose. This area is the collapsible part of the airway where the tongue and upper throat meet the soft palate or uvula. Snoring occurs when these structures strike each other and vibrate during breathing.

When loud snoring is interrupted by frequent episodes of totally obstructed breathing, it is known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Serious episodes can last more than ten seconds each and occur seven or more times per hour. Apnea patients may experience from 30 to 300 such events every night. These episodes can reduce blood oxygen levels, causing the heart to pump harder.

The immediate effect of sleep apnea is that the snorer must sleep lightly and keep his muscles tense in order to keep the airflow to the lungs. Without good rest, the person may be sleepy during the day, which impairs job performance and creates a driving or heavy equipment operating hazard. After many years with this disorder, elevated blood pressure and heart enlargement may occur.

Surgical Solutions For Snoring & Apnea

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is surgery for treating obstructive sleep apnea. It tightens flabby tissues in the throat and palate, and expands air passages. Thermal ablation palatoplasty (TAP) refers to procedures and techniques that treat snoring and various severities of OSA. Different types of TAP include bipolar cautery, laser and radio-frequency.

Coblation treats snoring and mild obstructive sleep apnea by removing the obstruction in the airway. Radio-frequency ablation uss a needle electrode to shrink excess tissue in the upper airway including the palate and uvula (for snoring), base of the tongue (for obstructive sleep apnea) and nasal turbinates (for chronic nasal obstruction).

Nasal CPAP, an alternative to surgery, delivers air into your airway through a specially designed nasal mask or pillows. The mask does not breathe for you; the flow of air creates enough pressure when you inhale to keep your airway open. CPAP is considered an effective nonsurgical treatment for the alleviation of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

  • Sleep studies in the comfort of your own home
  • SomnoGuard® snoring reduction
  • Radiofrequency palate reduction
  • C-PAP treatment & management

We have a special offer to help you conquer your sleep disorders and sleep better at night. To learn more about our complimentary “stop snoring” consultation, please call us at 408.847.1199. For your convenience, you can make your consultation using our online Request an Appointment form. Se habla español (El Doctor y Los Empleados). Our sleep patients come to us from Morgan Hill, Prunedale, Watsonville, Gilroy and Hollister.

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9360 No Name Uno, Suite 120, Gilroy CA 95020 View driving directions