What causes snoring?
Snoring is often considered annoying to others but can be dangerous for the individual themselves. Snoring can be caused by the palate, tongue, nose or the area in back of the nose. Each of these areas must be assessed to determine the cause of snoring and to plan for treatment.
What is sleep apnea?
Snoring can be associated with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is when breathing stops for several moments during sleep because a person's airway is blocked. It can cause tiredness and drowsiness during the day and can also lead to a stroke.
What are the treatments for snoring?
Some people choose to wear a sleeping device at night to reduce snoring. However, many people find that sleep is disrupted if a device is used.
Alternative snoring treatments may include nasal surgery, sinus surgery or palate surgery. A number of the procedures can be performed under in an office setting.
Dr. Shemen, a snoring doctor, has treated several hundred patients with snoring issues.
Other remedies include weight loss, avoidance of alcohol before bed, refraining from use of sleeping pills and sleeping on the side. A doctor should be consulted to find the right treatment for each individual.