That sound you make at night when your breathing is blocked while you are asleep? This is a medical condition called snoring. The sound is caused by tissues at the top of your airway that strike each other and vibrate. It can be loud and unpleasant. Snoring during sleep may be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, or in many cases snoring is known to cause sleep deprivation. It can cause significant psychological and social damage to sufferers, and also increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. Though snoring is considered a minor affliction, a snorer can sometimes undergo severe impairment of lifestyle. There are ways to help.
What Are The Symptoms of Snoring?
Depending on the cause, your symptoms may include:
- Noise during sleep
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sore throat
- Restless sleep
- Chest pain at night
- High blood pressure
- Gasping at night
- Morning headache
What Are the Treatments?
Almost all treatments for snoring revolve around lessening the breathing discomfort by clearing the blockage in the air passage. Medications are usually not helpful in treating snoring symptoms, but most doctors or dentists will recommend lifestyle changes in addition to the following common professional treatment measures:
- Mandibular Advancement Devices – These devices advance the lower jaw slightly and thereby pull the tongue forward. In cases where snoring is mild to moderate, such appliances have been effective to reduce the sleep condition.
- Tongue Retaining Devices – This device works by holding your tongue in a slightly forward position in order to keep your airway open during sleep.
- Surgery – Typically the last resort for treating a snoring condition, a surgery procedure attempts to widen the airway by removing tissues in the back of the throat, including the uvula and pharynx. These surgeries are very invasive, as there are also adverse side effects.
How Dr. Regina Dailey Can Help
At her sleep apnea treatment center, Dr. Dailey and her staff can identify the causes and symptoms of your snoring, and set you on the path towards a manageable lifestyle. With an empathetic ear, her patients receive the best in treatment. Once your condition has been properly pinpointed after a thorough consultation and exam, she’ll work with you to determine which treatment is most agreeable to your life and daily habits. Give her a call to restore your slumber to its best yet. You deserve a good night’s sleep.