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Centers of Excellence:

ENTcare Nasal & Sinus Center
Specializing in the medical and surgical management of any condition that affects your nose and sinuses.

ENTcare Nasal & Sinus Center
ENTcare Allergy & Asthma Center
State of the art allergy and asthma center providing testing and treatment for a wide range of allergic diseases.

ENTcare Allergy & Asthma Center
Snoring & Sleep Apnea Center
Snoring Is Not Necessarily Sleep Apnea. It is important to distinguish between snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA.

Snoring & Sleep Apnea Center
ENTcare Physician's Hearing Center
Should you be experiencing a hearing loss, however slight, it may be time to have your hearing checked.

ENTcare Physician's Hearing Center
ENTcare Physician's Balance Center
State of the art diagnostic center for patients suffering from dizziness and balance disorders.

ENTcare Physician's Balance Center
ENTcare Ear Disease & Surgery Center
Physicians at ENTcare are trained to care for your ears' surgical and medical needs

ENTcare Ear Disease & Surgery Center
ENTcare Pediatric ENT Center
Our physicians are trained to care for your children from infancy through adolescence.

ENTcare Pediatric ENT Center
ENTcare Head & Neck Surgery Center
Our expertise is in diagnosing and surgically treating disorders of the head and neck

ENTcare Head & Neck Surgery Center



People who snore loudly are often the target of bad jokes and middle of the night elbow thrusts; but snoring is no laughing matter. While loud disruptive snoring is at best a social problem that may strain relationships, for many men, women and even children, loud habitual snoring may signal a potentially life threatening disorder: obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA.

Snoring Is Not Necessarily Sleep Apnea

It is important to distinguish between snoring and OSA. Many people snore. It's estimated that approximately 30% to 50% of the US population snore at one time or another, some significantly. Everyone has heard stories of men and women whose snoring can be heard rooms away from where they are sleeping.

Snoring of this magnitude can cause several problems, including marital discord, sleep disturbances and waking episodes sometimes caused by one's own snoring. But, snoring does not always equal OSA; sometimes it is only a social inconvenience. Still, even a social inconvenience can require treatment, and there are several options available to chronic snorers.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Those who have OSA are often unaware of their condition and think they sleep well. The symptoms that usually cause these individuals to seek help are daytime drowsiness or complaints of snoring and breathing cessations observed by a bed partner. Other symptoms may include:

  • Snoring with pauses in breathing (apnea)                                      
  • Excessive daytime drowsiness                                                                                                               
  • Gasping or choking during sleep
  • Restless sleep                                                                                                                                       
  • Problem with mental function
  • Poor judgment/can't focus
  • Memory loss
  • Quick to anger
  • High blood pressure
  • Nighttime chest pain
  • Depression
  • Problem with excess weight
  • Large neck (>17" around in men, >16" around in women)
  • Airway crowding
  • Morning headaches
  • Reduced libido
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom at night