What is snoring?
Snoring is resistance to airflow in the nose and throat that causes vibration of the soft tissue and an associated noise. It can be soft and infrequent or very loud and quite bothersome for the bed partner. Far from being just a nuisance, snoring can cause marital issues, poor sleep quality for the person that snores, and is associated with many health conditions such as hypertension and heart disease.
What causes snoring?
The main causes for snoring are located in the nose and throat. Any mechanical blockage of the nose will produce snoring. A deviated septum, allergies, chronic sinus issues, nasal polyps, and swollen turbinates are all common causes. Redundant and floppy tissue in the throat is also a common cause. Large tonsils, an elongated soft palate, large tongue, and long uvula are all typical causes.
When snoring is more severe it is frequently associated with a pause in breathing all together which is called obstructive sleep apnea. Fortunately, all of these issues can be addressed with modern minimally invasive office techniques that are successful for snoring as well as sleep apnea.
Snoring treatment options
Snoring usually comes from issues in the nose and the throat. Any form of nasal congestion increases snoring. Think about a garden hose. If you place your thumb over the exit of the hose the water comes out faster and more turbulent. Anatomical obstruction in the nose will similarly cause the airflow to speed up and become more turbulent as it passes through the nose while the patient sleeps. This rapid turbulent air will reach the back of the nose and throat causing vibration and noise as it passes through on the way to the lungs.
A deviated septum, swollen turbinates, chronic sinus infection, nasal polyps, and nasal allergies are all common reasons for the nose to be congested. The treatment options offered for Snoring include:
- Balloon Sinuplasty
- Endoscopic Septoplasty
- Submucosal Turbinate Reduction
- Endoscopic Polyp Removal
- Soft Palate Tightening (UPPP)
- Traditional Surgical Therapies such as Tonsillectomies and Adenoidectomies
- Oral Appliances
At Sinus and Snoring Specialists, we have a state of the art office procedure room where we can correct these issues with the comfort of IV sedation.