Snoring isn't just annoying for those around you; it can also be a sign of an underlying health issue. If you're snoring every night and experiencing other symptoms such as congestion and drowsiness, the team at Advantage ENT can help. At their offices in Arvada, the northern part of Westminster, and Wheat Ridge, Colorado, the board-certified otolaryngologists use cutting-edge diagnostics to find out why you're snoring and provide effective solutions for more restful sleep. To find relief from snoring, call the Advantage ENT office nearest you or request an appointment online today.
Snoring happens when there's a vibration in the tissues at the back of your throat. One of these tissues is your soft palate in the roof of your mouth; the other is the uvula — a small mass of tissue hanging from the center of your soft palate.
When you're asleep, your uvula and soft palate relax and start vibrating, which creates the snoring sound. Men are more likely to experience snoring, but many women snore too.
Some don't experience any other symptoms, but others may suffer from problems such as:
If you snore and have some of these symptoms, it could indicate you have an underlying health problem that needs attention.
Some of the reasons why you might snore include:
One of the most significant causes of snoring is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), where you may experience up to 300 10-second pauses in your breathing. These pauses are due to the soft palate dropping down and blocking your airway.
When you have sleep apnea, you draw less oxygen into your lungs, and your heart has to work harder. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can cause daytime sleepiness, headaches, and irritability. It also increases your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
There several treatment options available to help you with your snoring. Firstly, if you're overweight or obese, then losing weight can resolve your snoring. Treating underlying conditions like nasal obstruction and adenoid problems is also important.
CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is the most common way of treating snoring due to obstructive sleep apnea. A CPAP device has a mask that you wear over your nose and mouth. The mask connects to a machine that produces air pressure to keep your airway open.
There are also surgical options. One involves inserting rods called Pillar implants into your soft palate. Another — genioglossus and hyoid advancement — pulls your tongue muscles forward and stops the lower part of your throat from collapsing.
Find out why you're snoring and how to treat it by calling Advantage ENT or requesting an appointment online today.