One of the most common problems people experience during sleep is snoring. Almost everyone either snores or knows someone who does. Snoring affects about 90 million Americans each year, whether this is persistent or intermittent snoring. Most people experience it at some point in their lives. Snoring is not a huge issue other than it can cause restlessness for yourself and those around you, but snoring can persist and be an indicator of a larger problem. The highly skilled staff at Associates of Otolaryngology in Colorado are very experienced in snoring and helping their patients who are having trouble sleeping due to its persistence.
What is Snoring?
Snoring, simply put, is noisy breathing during sleep. This is a very common problem that affects both men and women, although it is seen more frequently in men. If snoring is persistent it can affect your daily life with issues such as headaches, fatigue, and poor concentration which are all attributed to poor sleep. Although snoring is seen as harmless it could be an indicator of a bigger problem. Some snorers may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea which is a serious sleep disorder that can affect their health.
What Patients Are Saying
I have been dealing with extremely weird problems with my right ear for about two and a half months. After being ignored at my regular physicians office, I decided to see Dr. Schwartz ( Swartz) and I am so happy I did. The hearing test was thorough and I received the results immediately after which gave me relief. The assistant was so nice and made me feel like she was truly listening to me. I loved how she relayed everything to the doctor before he came in. Because of this, He gave me answers and set up a game plan immediately. I have never felt so taken care of! I truly felt important and heard. Thank you everyone in the office for being so amazing!
Dr Monica really listened and provided procedures / medicines that resolved sinus and throat problems I had been dealing with for a long time.
What Causes Snoring?
During sleep, your entire body relaxes including your throat muscles. During this relaxation, your tongue falls backward, and the throat becomes narrow. While breathing the wats of the throat vibrate, this leads the snoring sound. Through this process of relaxation happens to everyone, there are people who don’t snore. The people who snore usually have too much tissue in the throat and nasal areas as well as typically they are overweight. Many people will start to snore once they gain weight because there is more pressure on the neck and the tissues. Another main reason that people snore is their sleep position. If you have poor posture while sleeping this can obstruct the airway which causes the snoring sound. Fixing your sleeping position could fix this problem immediately. But if snoring persists and becomes a problem causing you to feel fatigued during the day, get frequent headaches, and lose concentration then finding a treatment will be the best solution.
Treatments for Snoring
Your doctor at Associates of Otolaryngology will want to rule out any sinusitis, tonsil disease, allergies or nasal obstruction before starting treatment for snoring. The treatments offered are home sleep studies, snoreplasty, and tongue procedures.
A sleep study is a test that is used to help doctors diagnose any sleep disorders. They do this based on an individual’s behaviors during sleep. At home, you will be connected to monitors that will have sensors that will monitor your sleep cycle during the night as you move through stages. They will be able to see any sleep disruptions, heart rate, eye movement, blood oxygen levels, and snoring to see if there are any problems.
A snoreplasty is an injection that is used for the reduction of snoring. This in-office procedure is performed under local anesthesia and helps to strengthen the soft palate and uvula. This will prevent the vibration of the soft tissues which create the snoring sound.
The tongue’s position can be a major reason as to why people snore at night. When the tongue falls back and starts to block the airway this creates the snoring sound. By undergoing a tongue suspension procedure that helps to stabilize the tongues base to keep it in a better position.
Schedule a Consultation
The team at Associates of Otolaryngology help many people deal with their snoring problem every day. If snoring is disturbing your sleep or someone else’s then try to see how we can combat this problem together. Getting good sleep is essential to overall health and wellbeing, call our office at (720) 897-7160 for a consultation or fill out an online form.
Keith Swartz, M.D.
Dr. Keith Swartz is dual-board-certified in otolaryngology and sleep medicine, and he received his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He was the Chief Resident of the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the United States Air Force Academy and founded the first comprehensive home sleep testing protocol in the United States Air Force. When not helping patients at the Associates of Otolaryngology, he loves to ski, fly fish, and spend time with his wife and three kids.