Who Else Wishes to Cure Their Snoring Issues Once and For All?
“There’s a good chance that if you’re talking to me when I’m snoring, it means I’m bored.”
“My wife says I’m making a noise like a stranded whale. I think I have a major snoring problem.”
Merriam-Webster defines snoring as “to breathe noisily while sleeping”, or “to breathe during sleep with a rough hoarse noise due to vibration of the soft palate”.
But does snoring really need to be defined? You most likely know snoring when you hear it. Sometimes you can actually see it. The National Sleep Foundation says snoring affects approximately 90 million American adults.
That's 90,000,000 people, roughly a third of our entire population.
To make matters even worse, more than one third of these snore nightly. In fact snoring is so common, that most patients with whom I have discussed snoring, view snoring as normal.
But is it really normal or could there be an underlying (and treatable) cause?
"Snoring is more than a bedtime annoyance and it shouldn't be ignored. Patients need to seek treatment in the same way they would if they had sleep apnea, high blood pressure, or other risk factors for cardiovascular disease," says lead study author Robert Deeb, M.D., with the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Henry Ford. (Science Daily)
There is growing concern that chronic snoring without sleep apnea can cause damage to the carotid arteries. These are the large arteries that provide blood flow to the brain. Damage to these arteries over time can lead to stroke.
As an experienced ENT doctor with offices in Southlake and Ft. Worth, who has been in practice over the past 15 years, I have had a lot of time to think about snoring. Certainly, increasing nasal congestion from allergies, colds, sinus infections, non-allergic irritants, etc can lead to snoring.
If snoring is addressed early, then correcting the issues that caused the increase in nasal resistance should resolve the snoring. However, over time, changes in habit–mouth breathing, changes in the muscle tone and anatomy of the pharynx–think floppy palate or a tongue that falls back into the throat, will cause snoring to be more difficult to resolve.
Snoring may also be associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Failure to diagnose and treat this can lead to much more serious problems. These include the following: high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, acid reflux, adult asthma, and car accidents (7 Ways Sleep Apnea Can Hurt Your Health, WebMD, May 2, 2016.)
Cancer risk has also been show to be higher in those with OSA (The Wisconsin Sleep Cohort).
Most people who snore simply do not enjoy the same quality of life that they had in the past. Even without sleep apnea, those who snore may experience daytime somnolence, reduced performance, reduced attention, drowsy driving, and tiredness. These problems are often blamed on getting older, hormone issues, young children, or a hectic work schedule.
If any of these issues are concerning to you, or you have symptoms of snoring or OSA, call the Southlake Sinus & Snoring Center for an evaluation today. On your initial consultation, a complete history will be taken and physical exam performed. If necessary, a sleep study can be ordered that you can do in the comfort of your own home. A small flexible scope may be used to examine your nasal and pharyngeal airway.
For those who have ongoing nasal issues which contribute or are primarily responsible for the snoring issue, this will be addressed first. For others, the palate which causes snoring in most people, can be treated with a simple in-office laser procedure.
It's relatively simple and we do it all the time.
For those who have sleep apnea, a variety of treatment options exist depending on the patient’s anatomy, body habitus, and severity of sleep apnea.
Make your appointment today, simply call 817-251-9930 or click here to request a convenient appointment.