To some people in Denver, Colorado, snoring and sleep apnea may seem like minor annoyances. But for many others, these conditions can have a significant negative impact on quality of life and overall health. Snoring and other sleep disorders can be signs of more serious underlying problems, such as obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Michael Menachof, Board-Certified Otolaryngologist, has been diagnosing and treating sleep apnea for more than 20 years. His patients receive a complete in-office examination before being sent to have an overnight sleep study performed at a sleep disorder lab in the area, if one is required.
Our sleep services at Advanced ENT & Allergy Center include comprehensive evaluation and treatment of:
- Mouth breathing at night
- Obstructive sleep apnea in adults
- Pediatric sleep apnea
Recognizing When There’s A Problem
If you experience one or more of the following symptoms, call Advanced ENT & Allergy Center at 303.792.3242 for a complete evaluation.
- Chronic tiredness during the day
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Morning headaches
- Waking up with a dry mouth
- Witnessed episodes of apnea (brief pauses in breathing) while sleeping
- Pauses in breathing while sleeping that cause you to wake yourself up
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring occurs when soft, floppy tissue in the airway relaxes during sleep and vibrates. Often, people who snore have an enlarged soft palate and uvula at the back of their mouth. However, the tongue, tonsils, adenoids and congested nasal passages can also contribute to the sound. Levels of snoring can be aggravated by excess weight, alcohol intake, sleeping pills, smoking and poor sleep habits.
For simple snoring (those who don’t have sleep apnea), there is a minimally invasive procedure that Dr. Menachof performs in-office that can help significantly decrease snoring in many patients. Called radio frequency treatment of the palate, this procedure shrinks excess tissue to the upper airway, including the palate. It is done using a local anesthetic in the office. Patients who qualify can drive themselves to our office, have the procedure done, drive themselves home and be back at work bright and early the next morning.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
When loud snoring is interrupted by frequent episodes of totally obstructed breathing, it is known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Serious episodes last more than ten seconds each and occur more than seven times per hour. Apnea patients may experience 30 to 300 such events per night. These episodes can reduce blood oxygen levels, causing the heart to pump harder. The immediate effect of sleep apnea is daytime fatigue. In order to keep you breathing while you sleep, your brain never lets you get into the deeper stages of sleep, where most of our true rest occurs. Because the snorer does not get a good night’s rest, he or she may be sleepy during the day, which impairs job performance and often makes it dangerous to drive. Living with untreated obstructive sleep apnea for many years can be dangerous, as elevated blood pressure and heart enlargement may occur.