Let’s take a quick refresher course on snoring, its causes and its consequences.
First, the usual suspects (causes):
- Obstructed nasal passages: Your nose can constrict due to allergies or physical problems and deformities, such as a deviated septum or clogged turbinates. If the obstructions occur because of allergies or sinus infections, the snoring normally will be temporary, but if you have other physical causes, then you’ll need professional help.
- Bulky throat tissue: Generally, being overweight will result in both bulky throat tissue and snoring.
- Long soft palate and/or uvula: When either the soft palate or uvula are too big (or when both are), they can rub against one another, and the vibration will cause snoring.
- Poor muscle tone in the throat and tongue: When the throat and/or tongue muscle are too soft (or flabby), they can collapse and fall back into the airway, resulting in snoring. Causes generally are aging, alcohol consumption and use of sleeping pills.
So these are the causes of most snoring, and in many of the cases people with these snoring culprits will need professional help to deal with them (outside of alcohol and sleeping pill usage).
There are quick, in-office treatments that can help with flabby palates and obstructed nasal passages. The Palate Coblation and Pillar Procedure can both help with soft palates, and the Turbinate Coblation procedure can do the same for nasal obstruction. None of these treatments requires surgery or involves more than overnight recovery, and they are safe, painless and effective.
The first step if you have a habitual snoring problem is to get a professional evaluation and then consider your options. Snoring not only is bothersome to sleeping partners, but also can lead to health problems arising from lack of restorative sleep. Don’t let habitual snoring ruin your days and nights.