Snoring: It’s More than Annoying, It’s Dangerous

By now, you probably know severe sleep apnea can be associated with significant health risks. It can even lead to early death.  However, did you know that even mild-to-moderate sleep disorders can have serious negative ramifications on your health?  At The Snoring Center’s Burnsville and Edina offices, we effectively diagnose and treat snoring problems. In many cases, treatment can take place on the day of the initial consultation.

We are serious about snoring problems because the health risks associated with snoring demand it. If you snore you could be at risk for the following:

  • Stroke: Snoring intensity can be linked to the narrowing of arteries in the neck.
  • Arrhythmia: Long-term snoring can lead to  the development of an irregular heart rhythm.
  • Injury: Often overlooked, fatigue from a lack of sleep leaves the sufferer at high-risk for injuries caused by drowsiness.
  • Headaches: Snoring has been linked to frequent morning headaches. Sufferers often report a lower quality of life than those without headaches.
  • Heart Disease: Sleep apnea has been linked to high blood pressure and coronary artery disease.  These can lead to heart attacks.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): While sleeping, a snorer’s throat may close in an unhealthy fashion as air moves in and out of the mouth during sleep. The resulting pressure can suck the contents of the stomach back up into the esophagus.
  • Mental Health: Research has shown that there is a connection between sleep apnea, snoring, and depression.
  • Excess Weight: Overweight people frequently have sleep apnea due to the extra weight that collects in the neck, make breathing more difficult at night.
  • Reduced Sexual Satisfaction: Some snorers suffer such severe exhaustion that they lose the desire for sexual relations with their sleeping partner.
  • Nocturia: This condition involves getting up two or more times a night to use the restroom. It can even involve a loss of bladder control.
  • Pregnancy/Fetus Complications: Snoring during the last trimester of pregnancy is usually due to weight gain and it can also lead to fetal complications.

At the Snoring Center, we consult with our patients to prescribe the best course of action to treat snoring, sleep apnea, and allergy problems. Our recommended solutions are always based on the unique elements of the patient’s situation. Our arsenal of treatments for snoring problems includes the most proven methods and procedures available. These include:

Schedule your consultation today. Our physicians and trained staff are eager to help you stop snoring soon!

Meet Your Doctor: Philip Rapport, MD, Medical Director, Burnsville and Edina, MN

Philip Rapport graduated from the University of Michigan and the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He completed his residency and fellowship in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Minnesota where he also earned a Master’s degree in Otolaryngology. Dr. Rapport joined Minneapolis Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 1980.

Dr. Rappot is board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Rapport is also a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and is an Associate in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Minnesota.

He has special interest in the treatment of sinus, ear and sleep problems and has extensive experience with special procedures such as Somnoplasty for nasal congestion, Balloon Sinuplasty for sinus infections and Pillar Palatal implants for snoring and sleep apnea.

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