Did you know that between 1/3 and 1/2 of all adult Americans snore or have snored at some point? However, snoring – even chronically – is not necessarily indicative of sleep apnea. In fact, only 1/5 of adults have some form of sleep apnea, which can be a life-threatening condition. The difference between benign snoring and sleep apnea is that apnea patients experience cessations in their breathing patterns and may suddenly gasp for air or choke in their sleep.
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Our providers begin with an examination of the upper airway to determine both the site of airway collapse and ensure that there are no other medical problems responsible for a patient’s snoring. Possible sites of obstructions are the nose, tonsils, soft palate and uvula, tongue, and voice box. They may also recommend a home or in-lab sleep study.
Snoring is the result of a narrowing of the upper airway during sleep, which can be attributed to:
Treatment depends on the underlying cause, but may entail:
If sleep apnea or other significant medical problem are not the cause of snoring, you may likely be able to remedy the behavior by: