Treatment Options for Adults with Snoring

Posted by OC ADVANCED PERIODONTICS on Jun 12 2023, 12:18 PM

Treatment Options for Adults with Snoring

Do you or someone you know snore at night? Snoring is a common problem that affects many adults and can lead to disrupted sleep, daytime fatigue, and even more serious health issues. But don't worry - there are treatment options available! 

What Is Snoring?

Snoring is the sound that occurs when air flows past relaxed tissues in your throat, causing them to vibrate and produce noise. It's a common condition that affects people of all ages, but it's more prevalent in older individuals and those who are overweight.

The severity of snoring can range from occasional light snoring to loud nightly episodes that disrupt sleep for both you and anyone nearby. While snoring itself isn't necessarily harmful, it can be a symptom of an underlying health issue such as sleep apnea or nasal congestion.

Risk Factors for Snoring

Snoring is a common problem that can affect anyone, but certain factors may increase the likelihood of snoring in adults. These risk factors include:

  1. Obesity: Being overweight or obese puts extra pressure on the airways, which increases the likelihood of snoring.
  2. Age: As we age, our throat muscles become weaker and more prone to collapse during sleep, leading to snoring.
  3. Gender: Men are more likely than women to snore due to differences in anatomy and hormones.
  4. Alcohol consumption: Drinking alcohol before bed relaxes the muscles in your throat, making it easier for them to vibrate and produce sound.
  5. Smoking: Smokers are more likely to suffer from inflammation and irritation of their nasal passages and throat tissues, increasing their chances of snoring.
  6. Sleeping position: Sleeping on your back can cause gravity to pull your tongue backward towards your throat, narrowing the airway and causing snoring.

It is important for individuals who experience chronic snoring to identify these risk factors as they may help determine appropriate treatment options tailored specifically to each individual's needs.

Diagnosis of Snoring

Diagnosing snoring requires a comprehensive evaluation of the patient's medical history, physical examination, and diagnostic testing. Patients who experience chronic or loud snoring should consult with their healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis.

During a physical exam, healthcare providers will evaluate the patient's nasal passages and throat for any abnormalities that may contribute to snoring. They may also ask about lifestyle factors such as alcohol consumption and sleep habits.

In some cases, further diagnostic testing, such as a sleep study, may be necessary to determine the cause of snoring. Sleep studies involve monitoring the patient while they sleep to identify any breathing difficulties or interruptions in airflow that could lead to snoring.

It is important for patients not to self-diagnose or dismiss their symptoms as harmless. Snoring can be an indicator of more severe conditions, such as obstructive sleep apnea, which can have serious health consequences if left untreated.

Treatments for Snoring

If you are a snorer, there are several treatments available to help alleviate your snoring and improve your overall quality of sleep. The treatment option that works best for you will depend on the underlying cause of your snoring.

One common treatment for snoring is making lifestyle changes such as losing weight, avoiding alcohol before bed, and sleeping on your side rather than your back. These simple changes can sometimes make a big difference in reducing or eliminating snoring.

Another treatment option is using specialized devices such as nasal strips or mouth guards that work by keeping the airways open during sleep. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines are also commonly used to treat severe cases of obstructive sleep apnea, which often results in loud snoring.

In some cases, surgery may be necessary to address structural issues causing the obstruction of airflow during sleep. This could involve removing enlarged tonsils or adenoids, repairing a deviated septum, or even reconstructing parts of the upper respiratory tract.

It's important to discuss any concerns about persistent snoring with a healthcare professional who can recommend appropriate diagnostic tests and treatment options based on individual needs.

To learn more, schedule an appointment with Dr. Huston at OC Advanced Periodontics by calling (714) 730-7877 or visiting us at 1076 E 1st St STE F, Tustin, CA 92780.

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