Whether you’re constantly waking yourself up throughout the night from it, or your partners complaining that it’s impossible to get a good night’s sleep next to you, one thing’s for sure: nobody enjoys being a snorer.
Aside from just being irritating to listen to, snoring is also known “to cause sleep deprivation to snorers and those around them, as well as daytime drowsiness, irritability, lack of focus and decreased libido. It has also been suggested that it can cause significant psychological and social damage to sufferers.”
So how do you stop snoring once and for all? Here are the top four things that’ll do the trick:
Making lifestyle changes such as losing weight can significantly help patients stop snoring. Studies show that fat accumulation in the neck and base of tongue can worsen snoring and increase your risk of developing sleep apnea.
Avoiding alcohol close to bedtime
Like losing weight, avoiding alcohol close to bedtime may also help patients stop snoring. Why? Alcohol further relaxes the muscles in the back of the throat and can worsen both snoring and increase your risk of developing sleep apnea.
Surgical or medical treatment of nasal congestion and obstruction
Treating a deviated nasal septum may correct turbulent flow of air in the nose and improve snoring for patients. The same goes for decongesting the nose, as treating nasal allergies or reducing turbinate hypertrophy (overgrowth) can improve breathing and snoring from nasal problems in patients.
Surgical treatment of the Tonsils, Soft Palate and Uvula can help patients
Dr. Tadros has pioneered a protocol for nearly pain-free adult tonsillectomy to help snoring patients. She is the first to combine Coblation radio frequency for surgical resection, closure of the tonsillectomy site and safe injection of a long acting nerve block injection (Exparel) that provides unrivaled pain control for days after surgery to help patients.
Many procedures exist to treat the laxity of the uvula (punching bag tissue in the back of the throat) and soft palate to help snoring patients. Dr. Tadros in NYC & NJ prefers a palatal muscle re-positioning technique for patients that increases the width, depth and height of the oropharyngeal airway instead of trimming the uvula (uvulopalatopharyngoplasty UPPP). This is a restorative procedure that restores the anatomy to its ideal state and helps improve snoring and sleep apnea for patients.
More information about snoring:
Most commonly snoring indicates laxity of the tissues in the back of the throat. The more narrow the airway, the louder the snoring. This happens because of the increased resistance to airflow against the excess floppy tissues. In some cases a deviated septum, nasal fracture or turbinate hypertrophy in the nose may also contribute to snoring. Associated snoring symptoms may include nasal obstruction, dry mouth, sore throat and unrestful sleep due to a condition called Sleep Disordered Breathing. Treatments by Dr. Tadros in Englewood NJ, can help you sleep better and stop snoring.
Although by itself snoring is not harmful, associated symptoms including excessive daytime sleepiness, gasping or choking at night, high blood pressure, uncontrolled weight gain, and chest pain may be signs of obstructive sleep apnea and a screening home sleep study (polysomnogram) is indicated. Snoring can be treated by Dr. Tadros, who has the best solutions for patients.
To learn more about the available snoring treatments options in NYC & NJ, please contact us today for your no-obligation consultation with Dr. Monica Tadros. You may also call our office to speak to a Patient Advisor at NYC: (212) 532-4590 or NJ: (201) 408-5430.