Snoring is one of the most common disruptions to a restful night's sleep. Not only can it interrupt your partner's sleep, but it can also impact yours as well. If you struggle with this condition, Dr. Gary Herskovits can discuss your options for snoring treatment at his Brooklyn, NY, practice. Dr. Herskovits offers custom-made oral appliances to reposition the jaw and alleviate snoring. To learn more about whether this treatment option can alleviate your symptoms, contact our office and schedule an appointment.
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring occurs when the flow of air through your mouth and nose is partially obstructed in some way during sleep. When air flows past relaxed tissues in your throat, the area can vibrate as you breathe, resulting in a snoring sound. Causes of snoring include:
- Obstructed nasal airways as a result of allergies, colds, or sinus infections
- Poor muscle tone in the throat and tongue
- Bulky throat tissue
- A long soft palate or uvula
- Obstructive sleep apnea
Age, alcohol consumption, sleep position, and weight can also play a role in snoring.
Simple lifestyle modifications such as losing weight and sleeping on your side can help reduce snoring.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Although snoring is often a benign condition, it can also indicate other, more serious health conditions such as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea causes breathing to repeatedly stop and start while you sleep. These pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes, and repeat 30 times or more per hour. As a result, sleep apnea can impact the quality of sleep you achieve, as well as your mental focus and wakefulness during the day.
In addition to loud snoring, sleep apnea can result in abrupt awakenings accompanied by shortness of breath; waking up with a dry mouth, sore throat, or headache; excessive daytime sleepiness; and irritability or an inability to concentrate. Over time, untreated sleep apnea can increase your risk for serious health conditions, such as stroke and heart attack. If you suspect your snoring may be related to sleep apnea, Dr. Herskovits can discuss diagnosis and treatment options with you.
How We Can Help
For some patients, simple lifestyle modifications can help reduce their snoring. Dr. Herskovits can review these changes with you, which may include losing weight, avoiding alcohol consumption before bedtime, and sleeping on your side. For more severe cases, medical devices or surgery may be recommended. Dr. Herskovits prefers a conservative approach to treatment and offers oral appliances for snoring therapy. These comfortable devices are designed to open up the airway, allowing you and your partner to sleep more restfully throughout the night.
Contact Us to Learn More
Snoring is a condition that affects many adults. Despite its common occurrence, it can still drive even the most patient and loving partner to another room. Fortunately, lifestyle changes and oral appliances can help treat or limit this aggravating condition. To learn more about how to alleviate your snoring, contact our friendly staff and schedule a consultation.