Is It Snoring or Something Else?
As much as we make jokes about snoring, it can be the result of a serious health problem and can have serious health consequences. Snoring is the rough, irregular or harsh sounds of breathing that is partially obstructed during sleep. Nearly half of all adults snore, at least occasionally. Occasional snoring can be brought on by unusual fatigue, by a cold or seasonal allergies, even by alcohol consumption.
Common causes of habitual snoring include:
The structure of your mouth and nasal pathways have a lot to do with snoring. People with a low or thick palate are more likely to snore because this tissue vibrates with breathing during sleep. An elongated palate and uvula can also narrow the airway and cause excessive snoring.
Anything that narrows the nasal passages increases the chances that someone will snore. These can include nasal polyps or a deviated septum. Allergies can also play a role, since they can lead to the swelling of nasal tissues and can also be a contributing factor in the formation of polyps.
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What Are Treatments for Snoring?
There are many treatment options for snoring. Here are a few that we may consider:
- CPAP – Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is a fancy name for a simple mask attached to a pump. Using the CPAP machine allows the wearer to sleep normally while the forced air keeps their airways open. While this is a very effective treatment, some people find it uncomfortable to wear a mask while trying to sleep.
- Oral appliance – Dr. Campbell works with dental colleagues in selected cases.
With so many treatment options available, you don’t need to live with the health risks associated with excessive snoring or sleep apnea. We can diagnose any underlying conditions associated with your problem and prescribe the most appropriate treatment options for you.
Schedule an appointment at Campbell ENT today and get on your way to a solution and a healthy, restful night’s sleep.