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Snoring: Diagnosis and Treatment

Snoring is a fairly common problem. It is estimated that, on average, 60% of the adult population snores. It can be caused by a range of factors, such as a large tongue, a deviated septum, excess weight, or smoking. 

Snoring occurs when airflow is obstructed during sleep. The sound that is made is referred to as snoring. While snoring may be acceptable at times, it can also be indicative of a more serious condition known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition that causes pauses in breathing while sleeping. These pauses can occur hundreds of times throughout the night, preventing you from achieving deep sleep. Many patients with sleep apnea snore loudly when the disorder is active, but some patients do not snore at all. Patients who experience sleep apnea are more likely to wake up feeling tired and exhausted even after a full night of sleep. At our practice, we offer numerous snoring treatment Portland, OR.

Types of Snoring Treatment Portland OR

Lifestyle Changes

Habits like drinking alcohol and smoking can both cause snoring, and these habits should be stopped if possible. Other lifestyle factors that may cause or worsen snoring include sleeping on one's back, being overweight, eating large meals before bed, or having allergies that obstruct the nasal passages.

Oral Appliances

Your specialist may recommend this snoring treatment Portland, OR, to treat your snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. An oral appliance is a device that you wear in your mouth while you sleep at night. It works by positioning your lower jaw or tongue forward, which stops the tissues from collapsing in the back of your throat and causing you to snore.

There are several types of oral appliances that your specialist may recommend. The appliances work by holding the lower jaw in a forward position during sleep or by repositioning the tongue to prevent blockage of airflow through the nose. They are often worn in conjunction with CPAP treatment.

Some common oral appliances are mandibular advancement devices and tongue-retaining mouthpieces. These devices can be custom-made or purchased from a pharmacy. If you wear an oral appliance, it should be placed in your mouth before you go to sleep and removed when you wake up.

Surgical Procedures

A specialist may recommend surgery to treat sleep apnea if the patient's condition is not responding to the other options or their symptoms are particularly severe. One common surgical procedure used to treat snoring and sleep apnea is Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, also known as UPPP. During this procedure, excess tissue is removed from the throat to reduce the size of the airway and prevent obstruction.

Another possible surgical treatment for sleep apnea is a tracheostomy, which involves making an incision in the patient's neck and inserting a small tube into the windpipe so air pressure doesn't collapse the airway at night.

To learn more about Snoring Treatment Portland, OR, call us at (971) 339-0816 or visit the Sleep Health Partners office at 9370 SW Greenburg Rd, Suite 422 Rd Suite 422, Portland 97223.

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